The Introduction

Chenin Blanc 2016

Winemaking Notes

Harvesting
The grapes originate from old un-irrigated bushvine vineyards in Stellenbosch and the Swartland regions. The grapes are hand picked at various times and ripeness to express both the fresh stone fruit characters of Chenin blanc as well as the riper yellow fruit notes whilst still retaining 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 barrel the following day.

Fermentation
The fermentation commenced with natural yeasts and took approximately 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.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in January 2017 and 6850 bottles were produced.

Technical Analysis Technical Analysis

  • PH: 3.38
  • TA: 5.3g/l
  • RS: 1.8 g/l
  • Alc: 14.0 % by Vol.

Colour Colour

There is a rich golden hue to the wine.

Nose Nose

The aromas are precise and true to Chenin blanc. Ripe yellow and white stone fruit notes with underlying aromas of honeysuckle blossom and a hint of creamy lees notes.

Palate Palate

Flavours on the palate mirror the aromas on the nose. The wine is rich and full yet it finishes dry, crisp and clean with a hint of phenolics, which round the wine off perfectly.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

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

Maturation Maturation

This wine is for early drinking but it will age well for 3 to 5 years.