The Introduction

Chenin Blanc 2017

Winemaking Notes

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.

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 approximately three weeks to complete. The wines spent nine months in used 400L barrels on the gross lees with regular lees stirring. Around 5% of this wine fermented on the skins for around 6 days before being pressed to barrel to finish fermentation.

The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation and was bottled in November 2017.

7950 bottles were produced

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a vibrant pale straw colour. The aromas on the nose are that of pure Chenin blanc, white stone fruit with hints of yellow peaches and orange blossom. The palate is crisp and fresh on entry with subtle notes of ripe yellow fruits underpinned with a tight textured mid-palate and a lingering finish with a slight grip.

Technical Analysis Technical Analysis

  • PH: 3.48
  • TA: 5.5g/l
  • RS: 1.5 g/l
  • Alc: 14.0 % by Vol.

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.