Iruai Shasta Cascade White
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Region: Shasta-Cascade AVA, United States
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 30% Savagnin, 30% Bergeron, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Savagnin Rose Musqué
Iruai Shasta Cascade White is inspired by the French Alps. Aromas of dried flowers and brush are framed by electric acidity, almond, and citrus.
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About Iruai Shasta Cascade White
Iruai Shasta Cascade White is inspired by the French Alps. Aromas of dried flowers and brush are framed by electric acidity and citrus.
Winemaker Chad Hinds says the wine is “Inspired by the white wines of the Jura and Savoie regions of the French Alps, this blend of high elevation sites from the Shasta-Cascade regions of the Trinity Alps and Oregon’s Siskiyou Wilderness. Aromas of dried flowers and brush are framed by electric acidity, almond, and citrus — imagine dropping a Ricola into a margarita and setting off in a canoe. Taste the Alps!.”
About Iruai Wines
Iruai Winery (“ear-oo-eye” … the artist formerly known as Methode Sauvage) was started in 2013 by Chad and Michelle Westbrook Hinds in Berkeley, CA as a gypsy natural wine project, before laying down roots in the mythical Shasta-Cascade mountains of Siskiyou County.
Trading in the urban winery hustle for the vigneron life, the couple are exploring avant-garde vineyard planting and rehabilitation techniques using the permaculture methods laid out by Masanobu Fukuoka, while formulating their own “chaos organics” method of re-enchanting the land. Truly unlike anywhere else in California, Western Siskiyou County feels like a cross between Switzerland and Montana, cut with a rain shadow from Mount Shasta that divides it starkly between high mountain prairie and dense alpine forests.
Finding themselves in a largely untested grape-growing territory, with high elevations and a continental climate, Chad and Michelle have turned Iruai into exploration and celebration of esoteric varieties that flourish in the Alps of Europe. Together they work to grow Iruai’s Western Siskiyou County estate projects, purchase fruit and lease vineyards throughout the Shasta-Cascade, from the Trinity Alps of California to the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.
Chad and Michelle seek to make wine with a sense of place by employing no additives and removing no character. Their goal in the vineyard is to let the vines thrive as they would in the wild, and in the cellar, to shepherd each ferment through its own natural development and evolution.