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This is a 100% Chenin blanc from a single 34-year-old bush vine vineyard in the Stellenbosch growing on slate soils.

This wine has a vibrant light golden colour. The nose has rich aromas of quince, lemongrass and ripe yellow peaches. The palate is full and rich with grilled pineapple and peach flavours with and underlying pithy texture. There is a creamy texture on the mid-palate from the sur lie maturation in barrel with a crisp finish.

Food Pairing
This wine is a perfect accompaniment to grilled fish, and chicken dishes.

R220.00

This is 100% Chenin Blanc from a single 34-year-old bush vine vineyard in Stellenbosch growing on slate soils.

The grapes were harvested at around 23 brix on the 2nd March. The grapes are picked into small grape crates and put in a cold store overnight. The grapes are whole bunch pressed the next day and the juice settled overnight before being taken to 400L old French barrels for fermentation. The fermentation is allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine is topped and matured sur lie for 9 months with regular lees stirring. Only small amounts of SO2 was used in the making of this wine. This wine is bottled without fining or filtration.

Bottling
One 400L barrel was bottled in December 2019. Only 520 bottles were produced.

  • pH: 3.29
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • RS: 1.7 g/l
  • Alc: 14.0 % by vol.

This wine drinks well on release but will reward with cellaring for up to 10 years from harvest.

Chenin Blanc – Stellenbosch

AREA: Stellenbosch
ALTITUDE: 350 metres above sea level
ASPECT: South-West
ROW DIRECTION: Not applicable
YEAR PLANTED: 1984
SOIL TYPE: Slate soils
TRAINING: Bush vine
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: Supplementary drip
PLANT DENSITY: 3000 vines per hectare (1.2m X 2.7 m spacing)
CROPPING: 9 tons/ha or 58 hl/ha

 

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