A blended dry white wine. Comprised of 71% Chenin blanc, 24% Viognier. And 5% Clairette Blanche.
I pick the Chenin blanc in Stellenbosch over 2 pickings. One early on (at around 22 brix) to ensure freshness, minerality and length in the wine and the second picking once the botrytis infection and raisining has begun for flavour, richness and complexity. The Swartland fruit is picked early in the season (at around 21 brix) to preserve the mineral texture in the grapes.
The Clairette blanche is from a similar site to the Paardeberg Chenin blanc and is picked at a very low sugar (19.5 brix) to preserve the acidity that is inherently low in this variety. The winemaking is precisely the same as for the Chenin blanc.
The grapes are destemmed and crushed and undergo maceration before pressing. The juice is then run to 400 liter barrels after minimal settling and the fermentation is allowed to start naturally. After fermentation the wine was sulphured and matured sur lie for 10 months with regular lees stirring.
The Viognier is harvested at around 25 brix. Pressing takes place whole bunch and the juice is run to barrel without settling. The juice is treated more oxidatively to manage the tannins inherent to Viognier. Fermentation takes place naturally and the wine is matured sur lie for 10 months with regular battonage.
After 10 months in oak; of which 17% is new the rest 2nd, 3rd and 5th fill barrels (all French Oak); the wine is racked to tank for blending. The wine undergoes no cold stabilisation but is protein stable. It could therefore throw a deposit over time.
5700 bottles were produced.
- PH: 3.32
- TA: 6.9 g/l
- RS: 3.4 g/l
- Alc: 15.0% by vol.
The wine has a stunning pale straw colour with golden flecks.
The aromas are compelling and intense. With white peach, creamy brioche and toasted almonds dominating the underlying floral, lemon zest and fennel notes.
The wine enters the palate reflecting the aromas of white peach, toasted almonds and lemon zest. It is an intense powerful wine with a stunning texture and mouth-filling creaminess on the mid palate, yet it finishes with grip and freshness.
A perfect accompaniment to Lobster Bisque, Seafood Paella, Sushi or an mildly spicy dish.
The wine drinks beautiful when young but will reward with further cellaring of up to 6 years from vintage.