This week we hear from Sean of a Taste of the Culture and Julie of Pedernales Cellars, Aa sixth-generation Texas Family that welcomes you to savor world-class wines overlooking breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country.
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Pedernales Cellars began with Larry and Jeanine Kuhlken, who planted their first vineyard near Fredericksburg in the early 1990s. During this time Texas wine pioneers worked with different grape varietals and viticulture practices, to help master winemaking in the Texas terroir; and over time the Kuhlken vineyard started producing consistently high-quality fruit with bold, intense flavors.
In 2005, Larry and Jeanine’s children, David and Julie began plans for what would become Pedernales Cellars. Grown from the success of Kuhlken Vineyards, they developed the concept for a boutique winery focused on handcrafted, small-lot wines, and working with varietals that thrive in the rugged Texas Hill Country terrain.
Pedernales Cellars continues to be a family affair, with David as winemaker and Julie overseeing hospitality, marketing, and design -- while Larry and Jeanine continue to oversee the family vineyards.
Pedernales Cellars draws its name from geography and history – the Pedernales River runs through the Texas Hill Country, and “Pedernales” means flint in Spanish. The inspiration came when David found an old flint Indian arrowhead in the vineyard, while Fredrik found part of an Indian flint stone ax on the winery site. The serendipity of these two finds connected the vineyard, winery, the region, and its history.
2019 Over the Moon Rose
The 2019 vintage of our Over the Moon rosé is quite a bit lighter than 2018. Weather trends resulted in picking fruit at slightly lower Brix, which translates to the lighter body, alcohol, and notably, color. All of which we actually quite like in a rosé.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from the High Plains and Hill Country. Both lots were picked specifically with rosé in mind and went direct to press with little skin contact allowed. They fermented dry in stainless steel tanks separately and were blended early. They spent 5 months aging on fine lees, with about 3 months of weekly stirring in a tank before a light fining and filtering.
Vintage - 2019
Vineyard Designation - Farmhouse and Kuhlken Vineyards
Acid - TA 6.3
Alcohol % - 11.8
This light-bodied wine features aromas of strawberry, watermelon candy, tangerine, flowers, and stone. You’ll find the palate is light and refreshing with light fruit, rose petal, and balanced acidity that makes it easy to drink with or without food.
Production Notes - 76% Cinsault, 24% Mourvedre
Food Pairing Notes -This delicate rosé would pair wonderfully with seafood. Think scallops, oysters, white fish, or even salmon
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