Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.0% vol
RS: 3.4 g/l
Total Acid: 5.9 g/l
Extract: 21.4 mg/l
Bottled: 16 May 2017
Release Date: October 2017
Bottles: 11 631 bottles
An upfront, tropical array of pineapple, pear and lemon rind with hints of lavender spice, complimented by a creamy midpalate with notes of white peach lingering on the finish
There are 2 varieties used in this complex wine:
- Chenin Blanc 89%
- Viognier 11%
- Both varieties were handpicked at optimal berry ripeness.
(Chenin Blanc / Viognier)
Sugar 21.9° Balling / 23.8° Balling
Acid 6.35 g/l / 5.05 g/l
pH 3.25 / 3.50
- Tropical, low yielding Riebeek Kasteel bush vine Chenin Blanc was hand selected and reductively handled from crush to bottling. Expressive Paarl Viognier was fermented and matured in French oak for 3 months and then blended with the Chenin Blanc component to add complexity and depth to the wine.
- The Chenin Blanc was fermented in stainless steel tanks and ferment lasted 21 days at 13- 15C whilst the barrel fermented Viognier was allowed to ferment naturally for 3 degrees balling and was then inoculated with a commercial yeast strain to ensure a clean and complete ferment. Fermentation lasted for 9 days at 19 0 C.
- The wines were blended and lightly filtered prior to bottling.