Saskia

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Saskia

2017

This is a blended dry white wine comprised of 71% Chenin blanc, 14% Viognier, 8% Verdehlo and 7% Clairette blanche. The wine displays a brilliant golden straw colour. Intense citrus and yellow fruit aromas on the nose with underlying honeysuckle floral notes. Notes of Marzipan, toasted almonds and brioche hint to time on the lees in oak. The entry on the palate bursts with citrus and white peach flavours leading to a textured and rich mid-palate. There is immense complexity in this wine with a sense of elegance and freshness. The wine finishes with a slight salinity which leaves one wanting more.

Food Pairing
This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Lobster Bisque, Seafood Paella, Sushi or any mildly spicy dish.

R295.00

* Larger formats available in limited quantities. Please contact us at office@milesmossopwines.com to enquire.

This is a blended dry white wine comprised of 71% Chenin blanc, 14% Viognier, 8% Verdehlo and 7% Clairette blanche.

The grapes for the Chenin blanc are sourced from two old bush vine vineyards planted in granite soils in the Swartland on the north eastern side of the Paardeberg. The two Chenin blanc vineyards are picked at different times, one slightly earlier in the season to preserve the mineral freshness and texture inherent in the grapes. The other vineyard is picked slightly riper as it expresses the beautiful bright yellow fruit typical of Chenin blanc from the Swartland.  The Clairette blanche is picked at a very low sugar (19.5 brix) to preserve the acidity that is inherently low in this variety and add texture to the final blend. The Viognier is sourced from a vineyard on the southern slopes of the Paardeberg in Paarl planted on decomposed and colluvium granite soils. The grapes are harvested at around 23 brix. The Verdehlo is from a similar site to the Viognier vineyard. This is harvest at around 22.5 brix and is responsible for the intense grilled pineapple characters and vibrant acidity in the wine.

The grapes are picked into small crates and put into a cold store overnight. The following morning the grapes are gently whole bunch pressed and the juice is settled overnight after which it is then run to 400 litre French oak barrels for fermentation. The fermentation is allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine is topped and matured sur-lie for 10 months with regular lees stirring in French Oak, 14% being new.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in December 2017. 3250 bottles were produced.

  • pH: 3.34 
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • RS: 1.9 g/l
  • Alc: 13.0 % by vol.

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

Chenin Blanc – Swartland – Morelig

AREA: Swartland on the Northern Eastern Slopes of the Paardeberg
ALTITUDE: 250 metres above sea level
ASPECT: North-West
ROW DIRECTION: Not applicable
YEAR PLANTED: 1980
SOIL TYPE: Decomposed granite
TRAINING: Bush vine
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: None
PLANT DENSITY: 4000 vines per hectare (1m X 2.5m spacing)
CROPPING: 4tons/ha or 25hl/ha

Chenin Blanc – Swartland – Langkloof

AREA: Swartland on the Northern Eastern Slopes of the Paardeberg
ALTITUDE: 303m above sea level
ASPECT: East
ROW DIRECTION: Not applicable
YEAR PLANTED: 1971
SOIL TYPE: Decomposed granite
TRAINING: Bush Vine
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: None
PLANT DENSITY: 2500 vines per hectare (1.2m X 3.4m spacing)
CROPPING: 4tons/ha or 25hl/ha

Viognier

AREA: Voor-Paardeberg
ALTITUDE: 200 metres above sea level
ASPECT: East-south-east
ROW DIRECTION: North-East, South-West
YEAR PLANTED: 2004
SOIL TYPE:

Iron rich gravel in decomposed granite

TRAINING: 7-wire Vertical Perold
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: Supplemental drip irrigation
PLANT DENSITY: 2900 vines per hectare (1.25m X 2.75m spacing)
CROPPING: 4 tons/ha or 25 hl/ha

Clairette Blanche

AREA: Swartland on the Northern Eastern Slopes of the Paardeberg
ALTITUDE: 250 metres above sea level
ASPECT: North-East
ROW DIRECTION: Not applicable
YEAR PLANTED: 1980
SOIL TYPE: Decomposed granite
TRAINING: Bush Vine
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: None
PLANT DENSITY: 4000 vines per hectare (1m X 2.5m spacing)
CROPPING: 3 tons/ha or 15hl/ha

Verdello

AREA: Voor-Paardeberg
ALTITUDE: 200 metres above sea level
ASPECT: South
ROW DIRECTION: East/West
YEAR PLANTED: 2012
SOIL TYPE: Hutton Clovelly Soils of Granite origin
TRAINING: 7-wire Vertical Perold
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: Supplemental drip irrigation
PLANT DENSITY: 3350 vines per hectare (2.4m X 1.1m spacing)
CROPPING: 8 tons/ha or 50 hl/ha

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