Balena is a delicate, aromatic blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Falanghina, and Albariño. Balena is Italian for whale, and this blend is a nod to our organically grown Whale Rock Vineyard, in which the grapes are grown. The 2019 Balena is crisp, fruity, lean, and refreshing. The Oakenshield Wines are created to celebrate the spirit of the good life to be enjoyed with friends and family, both past and present.
Stylistically the goal for this blend is to make an aromatically complex blend with crisp refreshing qualities and a satisfying mouthfeel. The Falanghina and Albariño deliver aromatically; Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are the principle providers of body and mouthfeel. All components were cool fermented in stainless steel tanks and none had oak aging as that would detract from the vibrant aromas and flavors present. This is a wine that easily stands on its own but is also well paired with Asian cuisine and lighter fare.
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