The Introduction

Chenin Blanc 2015

Winemaking Notes

Harvesting
The grapes were sourced from old unirrigated bush vine vineyards in Stellenbosch and the Swartland region. The grapes were harvested at various times and levels of ripeness to express both the fresh, stone fruit character of Chenin Blanc as well as riper, yellow fruit notes whilst still retaining optimal acidity and freshness.

Crushing and Pressing
The fruit was whole bunch pressed to tank for settling without enzymes overnight. The juice was racked directly to barrels the following day.

Fermentation
Yeast catalysed the fermentation process, which was allowed to take its natural course until completion after three weeks. The wines spent nine months in used 400 litre barrels on the gross lees with regular lees stirring, undergoing partial malolactic fermentation.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in January 2016. 5350 bottles were produced.

Technical Analysis Technical Analysis

  • PH: 3.22
  • TA: 5.9 g/l
  • RS: 3.3 g/l
  • Alc: 13.5%

Colour Colour

The wine has a brilliant, pale straw colour.

Nose Nose

The aromas on the nose of the wine are abundant with notes of white peach and honeysuckle blossom, with hints of brioche ground almonds.

Palate Palate

The wine enters the palate with vibrancy and freshness, saturated with notes of white peach, pineapple and citrus. The mid-palate is rich and textured, leading to a crisp finish that lingers long after the wine has gone.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

This wine is enjoyed just on its own or with poultry or fish dishes.

Maturation Maturation

This wine is enjoyable when young, but will age well for 3 to 5 years.