Saskia

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Saskia

2016

This is a blended Cape white blend comprised of 68% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette blanche, 13% Verdehlo and 6% Viognier. The wine displays a vibrant golden hue. The nose is expressive with notes of ripe stone fruit, grilled pineapple, quince and lemongrass with hints of coriander seed. The palate is full and rich with flavours of yellow fruits. There is a textured mid-palate with notes of toasted almonds and a pithiness which leads to a focused crisp finish.

Food Pairing
A perfect accompaniment to Lobster Bisque, Seafood Paella, Sushi or a mildly spicy dish.

R286.00

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

This is a blended dry white wine comprised of 68% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette blanche, 13% Verdehlo and 6% Viognier.

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 24 brix. The Verdehlo is from a similar site to the Viognier vineyard. This is harvested 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 liter French oak barrels for fermentation. The fermentation is allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine is topped and matured sur-lie for 11 months with regular lees stirring in French Oak, 12% being new.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in January 2017. 4200 bottles were produced.

  • pH: 3.22
  • TA: 5.70 g/l
  • RS: 1.9 g/l
  • Alc: 13.5 % by vol.

The wine drinks beautiful when young but will reward with further cellaring of up to 10 years from vintage.

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
  • Saskia 2016
  • Saskia 2015
  • Saskia 2014
  • Saskia 2013
  • Saskia 2011

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Awards & Recognition

Silver Medal - Old Mutual Trophy Wine show 2019

Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Report 2019

Winemag.co.za Christian Eedes

Platter’s Wine Guide 2019

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