The Introduction

Chenin Blanc 2013

Winemaking Notes

The grapes originate from a 35 year old unirrigated bush vine vineyard in Stellenbosch planted on decomposed granitic soils with high gravel content and a 50 year un-irrigated bush vine vineyard on decomposed granite soils in the Paardeberg in the Swartland region.

The Stellenbosch vineyard was picked at full ripeness at the beginning of March. While the Swartland fruit is picked early in February for the minerality it gives to the wine.

The fruit was whole-bunch pressed to tank for settling without enzymes overnight. The juice was racked directly to barrel the following day.

The fermentation commenced with natural yeasts and took three weeks to complete. The wines spent nine months in used 400L barrels on the gross lees with regular lees stirring.

The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation and was bottled in January 2014.

5600 bottles were produced.

Technical Analyses

pH: 3.38
TA: 5.6 g/l
RS: 2.2 g/l
Alc: 14.0 % by Vol.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a brilliant golden hue.The aromas on the nose are those of intense tropical and yellow fruits reminiscent of lemon zest, papaya, pineapple and yellow peaches. There is a hint of freshly baked breads and a white pepper spice.

The palate is full and rich with intense flavours of stone fruit, honeysuckle and baked apples. The mid-palate is full and complex which then leads to an intense and long finish which hints of toasted almonds and a white pepper bite.

Food Pairing

The wine is a perfect pairing with spicy chicken or fish dishes, quail with a saffron sauce and of course langoustines, prawns and crayfish; Or just on its own.

Maturation

This wine will drink at its best between 2 and 5 years from harvest.

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