Domaine Joël Delaunay is a family-owned estate, located in the Touraine AOC on the river Loire. Thierry is the fifth generation of the Delaunay family making wine in this area, like his father Joel, he is forward thinking. His father was the first in the area to insist on bottling only their own fruit, Thierry was the first in the region to bottle their wine under a screw cap closure. They have 34 hectares of vineyards, 90% of which is Sauvignon Blanc.
This wine is a little different from the rest of his range with it being an orange wine. The juice spends 15 days macerating on the skins which adds an orange hue in colour to the wine. The wine then rests on its lees for a few months in stainless steel to add texture and richness. It has notes of honeysuckle and orange peel on the nose, there is also a grippy texture to the finish, caused by the skin contact, it is balanced and not too tough on the finish.
This is a sustainably farmed orange wine, which is well priced and doesn't look or taste like cider. We are very pleased with this new addition to our shelves, and it has a cool orange balloon on the label, which is fun.