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Ridgeback Chenin Blanc 2015

Chenin Blanc 2014

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 14.0% vol
pH: 3.28
RS: 3.8 g/l
Total Acid: 6.1 g/l
Extract: 21.8 g/l
TSO2: 103 mg/l
Bottled: 30 October 2015
Release Date: 1 June 2016
Bottles: 7 687 bottles
Cellaring: Drink now to 3 years
Origin: Paarl
IPW: Yes

Characteristics

Type: White
Style: Dry
Taste: Fruity

Tasting Notes

Rich, upfront notes of pineapple and sweet orange blossom evolve to a fresh, juicy midpalate with hints of lemon zest and white peach lingering on the finish.

Food Pairing

This bold wine will complement a more robust fish dish such as Tuna or Salmon and work equally well with Roast Pork.

Blend Information

97% Sauvignon Blanc

Viticulture

South East- North West facing dryland 12 year old bush vines are grown in deep Oakleaf and Clovelly soils.

Harvest

The grapes were handpicked on 2 February 2015 and much attention was given to only selecting the sun-kissed bunches which showed full flavour and optimal ripeness throughout.

Analysis:

Sugar  23.50° Balling
Acid  6.30g
pH  3.15

Winemaking

  • The bunches were destemmed without crushing, retaining a whole berry component to press at about 70%.
  • Juice was settled overnight with pectalytic enzyme in a stainless steel tank and then the clear juice was gravity fed to a combination of 400, 300 and 225 liter French, Hungarian and Romanian oak barrels.
  • All barrels underwent natural fermentation to start and were then inoculated with a commercial yeast strain to ensure ferment to dryness. For additional complexity a small portion (3%) of natural sweet Viognier was included in the blend.
  • The wine was matured for 8 months in 13% new oak barrels and batonaged regularly to develop mouthfeel, then received a light filtration before bottling.
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