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The Lion Hound White 2017

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Alcohol: 13% vol
pH: 3.36
RS: 5.3  g/l
Total Acid: 5.9 g/l
Extract: 24.6 g/l
Bottled: August 2017
Release Date: September 2017
Bottles:20 000 bottles
Cellaring:  None
Origin: Paarl
IPW: Yes
WIETA: Yes

Tasting Notes

An upfront, tropical array of juicy citrus, pineapple and orange blossom with a hint of green guava.

Viticulture

There are 3 varieties used in this expressive wine:

  • Viognier
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Colombar

Harvest

All grapes were handpicked at vine ripeness.

Analysis:

Wine making

  • Rich, expressive Paarl Viognier and low yielding low yielding tropical Chenin Blanc and Colombar  were hand selected and carefully handled from crush to bottling.
  • The Chenin  Blanc and Colombar  were fermented in stainless steel tanks and ferment lasted 20 days at 14- 16C whilst the Viognier was barrel fermented. The initial ferment started naturally and after 3 degrees Balling a commercial yeast strain was inoculated to ensure that the ferment ran to dryness. Ferment lasted for 15 days at 18 0 C.
  • All varieties are fermented in a manner to retain their natural cultivar characteristics and then combined for complexity in an elegantly juicy blend.
  • The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
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