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Ridgeback Chenin Blanc 2019

Chenin Blanc 2014

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5% vol
pH: 3.17
RS: 3.3g/l
Total Acid: 5.7 g/l
Extract: 21.6 g/l
TSO2: 94 mg/l
Bottled: 21 November 2019
Release Date: July 2020
Bottles: 7391 bottles
Cellaring: Drink now to 5 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

Viticulture

The specially selected premium 30-year old bush vines used in this exceptional wine are grown in deep Oakleaf and Clovelly soils where the well-established root systems require minimal irrigation and produce well balanced canopies.

Harvest

The grapes were handpicked on 8 and 11 February 2019. On the first pick much attention was given to only selecting the sun-kissed bunches which showed full flavour and optimal ripeness throughout. The slightly less exposed bunches were harvested once the flavour had developed sufficiently.

Analysis:

Sugar :23.1- 23.60 Balling
Acid:  6.30g
pH:  3.15

Winemaking

The bunches harvested for this rich premium wine 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 400-litre French 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 Viognier was included in the blend.

The wine was matured for 8 months in 20% new oak barrels and batonaged regularly to develop mouthfeel, then received a light filtration before bottling.

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