Satek Winery of Fremont, Indiana will be bringing a little bit of French celebration to Northeastern Indiana with the release of its very first nouveau-style wine creation on Thursday, November 17th—the same day as the official release date of Beaujolais Nouveau wines in France. Huge festivities throughout France herald the release of the nouveau wine, thus perpetuating the correlation between this wine style and lighthearted celebrations.
The term nouveau refers to wines which are released in the same year in which the grapes are harvested. Satek Winery’s version—Kreibaum Bay Nouveau—was made from recently-harvested Marechal Foch grapes from its very own Lake James vineyard. In keeping with tradition, the whole clusters of grapes were fermented by a process of carbonic maceration, and then quickly pressed, which resulted in a fruity dry red with a light body and paler color. Nouveau wines have a broad appeal because the bitter tannins, normally found in red wines, aren’t there, leaving an easy-to-drink, fruity wine. They are at their peak drinkability within the first month, and are best served slightly cool.
Head winemaker Shane Christ is excited about the new wine release because “it highlights a new expression of our Marechal Foch grapes, as well as showing the dynamic growing conditions of our Lake James vineyard on Kreibaum Bay. Nouveau is a celebration wine, and for us, it’s a celebration of our 17th harvest from that vineyard.”
Only about 15 cases of Kreibaum Bay Nouveau wine was made this year. It is priced at $11.17 a bottle, and is expected to sell out quickly.
Pam and Larry Satek opened Satek Winery in the summer of 2001, nestled on a picturesque 16-acre property in Fremont, in the heart of the region known as the “Land of 101 Lakes”. In its eleventh year, Satek Winery will produce more than 100,000 bottles of wine, with 37 varieties. They are open 7 days a week, with free tasting, from 10 AM to 6 PM.