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Ridgeback Chenin Blanc 2020

Chenin Blanc 2014

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5% vol
pH: 3.30
RS: 3.6 g/l
Total Acid: 6.2 g/l
Extract: 23.0 g/l
TSO2: 92 mg/l
Bottled: 20 November 2020
Release Date: July 2021
Bottles: 8085 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 31-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  the 14th and 15th February 2020.  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 19% new oak barrels and batonaged regularly to develop mouthfeel, then received a light filtration before bottling.

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