Balena is a delicate, aromatic blend of Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Falanghina and Grenache Blanc. Balena is Italian for whale, and this blend is a nod to our organically certified Whale Rock Vineyard, in which much of the grapes are grown. Our Whale Rock Vineyard is named for this exact reason, it is studded with ancient whale fossils that date back millions of years. The 2021 Balena is pleasantly aromatic, crisp, and refreshing. The Oakenshield wines are a special bottling by Niels and Bimmer produced to celebrate the spirit of the good life and to honor friends and family both past and present.
This blend represents a true cross section of the Paso Robles AVA and our estate vineyards. By design, all grapes utilized were harvested at the lower end of ripeness to
capture acidity, freshness, and to avoid the detraction of higher alcohol content. Cool fermentations in stainless steel accentuates aroma intensity of these varieties. The goal of this wine is to make a blend featuring floral and fruit characters up front, while maintaining body, acid balance, and a flavorful finish.
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