Saskia

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Saskia

2018

This is a blended dry white wine comprised of 63% Chenin blanc, 13% Viognier, 9% Clairette blanche, 6% Verdehlo and 4% Grenache blanc. The wine displays a stunning vibrant pale straw colour. The nose is packed with notes of white peach, quince and hints of jasmine floral perfumed aromas. 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 63% Chenin blanc, 13% Viognier, 9% Clairette blanche, 6% Verdehlo and 4% Grenache blanc.

All the grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards growing on the northern side of the Paardeberg mountain in the Swartland. Each vineyard is carefully selected to contribute its own unique characteristics to the final blend. Each parcel being picked at a specific ripeness to express either ripe fruit, fresh acidity, texture or perfume depending on the variety and the site.

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 and a concrete egg 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 and 20% of the blend having fermented and matured in concrete Egg.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in December 2018.

  • pH: 3.28
  • TA: 5.90 g/l
  • RS: 3.0 g/l
  • Alc: 13.5 % 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: 4 tons/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: 6 tons/ha or 40hl/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: 6 tons/ha or 40 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

In the Spotlight

2018 Awards & Recognition

Winemag.co.za – Christian Eedes

Platter’s Wine Guide 2020

Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Report 2020

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