Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Barrel ageing: 19% in French oak for five months
Maturation: 5-8 years from date of vintage
This individual new-wave Chenin was made from low-crop Stellenbosch & Swartland grapes. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to ensure coolness, crushed and then lightly pressed; after which the must was cold settled before being inoculated with a select yeast culture. Eighty one percent of the wine was tank fermented while the remaining nineteen percent underwent natural fermentation in barrel.
The wines were matured for five months in a combination of new Hungarian, French and some American oak and used French oak barrels. The wine was then slightly sweetened with Chenin Blanc Noble Late harvest, fined, sterile filtered and bottled.
Serve at 12 – 15°C. Pair with with shellfish; grilled tuna; grilled sardines; lemon and herb roast chicken; vegetable stews; Bobotie – South African/Malay dish of baked savoury mince served with saffron rice; and of course biltong.
Pale straw colour with a splash of green. Intense nose with Bartlett pear, red apple, tarragon, persimmon and lime peel. The mid-palate is broad and appealing with a surprising creamy texture adjunct with subtle jasmine and frangipane notes, chilled cubes of freshly cut galia melon, greengage and even some mango fruit all supported by a refreshing acidity and an underlying richness aroused by a delicate spiciness of oak.