Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5% vol
RS: 3.8 g/l
Total Acid: 6.2 g/l
Extract: 21.8 g/l
TSO2: 103 mg/l
Bottled: 30 November 2017
Release Date: 1 January 2018
Bottles: 8 796 bottles
Cellaring: Drink now to 3 years
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.
This bold wine will complement a more robust fish dish such as Tuna or Salmon and work equally well with Roast Pork.
South East- North West facing dryland 14 year old bush vines are grown in deep Oakleaf and Clovelly soils.
The grapes were handpicked on 6 February 2017 and much attention was given to only selecting the sun-kissed bunches which showed full flavour and optimal ripeness throughout.
Sugar 23.50° Balling
- 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 300 and 400 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 27% new oak barrels and batonaged regularly to develop mouthfeel, then received a light filtration before bottling.