Prairie Berry has released many wines over the years with ‘Fusion’ in the name. But what does that word in a wine’s name actually mean?
In the simplest of terms, it means all the fruit in the wine was co-fermented. Just as layers of paint influence each other on a canvas to create a final painted picture, different fruits in fusion wines co-ferment to create new flavors and textures.
When setting out to make a fusion wine, Sandi, our Winemaker, says she often lets her senses guide the process. For example, Sandi says the smell and taste of Merlot grapes fermenting has always reminded her of black raspberries. Co-fermenting black raspberries with Merlot grapes made this feeling stick and, out of that experiment, our Black Raspberry Fusion wine was born.
A winemaker must also know the fruit very well before beginning a fusion. Chemistry is incredibly valuable, but only by knowing the nature of a certain fruit during fermentation can a winemaker successfully co-ferment. While co-fermenting, the fruit flavors start to mingle and influence each other, marrying throughout the process.
The fun of fusions is that they allow our winemaker to experiment with new flavors and textures. But the best part, of course, is sharing the final creations with you!