The story of Sunburst captures the pioneering spirit and the new frontier of the wine world of the Upper Midwest. The name Sunburst seemed fitting due to the sunset like color of this wine.
Sunburst is comprised mostly of a new world wine varietal developed specifically for the cold climate regions of the Upper Midwest. This grape is called Frontenac Gris.
This varietal was discovered by accident in 1992 in the midst of a Frontenac planting. Frontenac produces a red wine. In the grape growing world, occasionally a random bud mutation will produce a cluster of grapes that is genetically different from the vine from which it grew. This is the same story of well-known varietal Pinot Gris, which is a mutation of the world famous Pinot Noir. The story does not end here because in 2003, this random and naturally occurring pattern of wine grape diversification occurred again in a Canadian vineyard with a mutation called Frontenac Blanc, which is the white grape version of the Frontenac Gris. It’s only a matter of time before winemaker Steve will create the three faces of a Frontenac by combining the expressions of Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, and Frontenac Blanc.
Sunburst is a Semi-dry, but very fruit forward, Rose-stylé wine. Its flavors of red cherry and apricot dance on your palate. Pair with fruit salad, green salad, and spicy/salty foods.
Double Gold, 2013 Wisconsin Wine Competition