- Variety: Chenin Blanc
- Style: White Wine
- Alcohol: 13.92 % vol
- Winemaker: Richard Kershaw
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A powerful nose of guava, lime zest and ripe pear braced by honeysuckle and orange blossoms. A juicy palate with opulent passion-fruit, following through from the nose and finishing off with tart grapefruit characteristics. The refreshing acidity is perfectly counteracted by a creamy mid palate and subtle oak-derived spice. The 2011 vintage is a more fruit-driven style that is fresher & drier comparing to the 2010 vintage. A delightfully accessible wine that is mouth-wateringly moreish.
In the Cellar
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 percent of the wine was tank fermented between 13-15 °C while the remaining twenty percent underwent natural fermentation in barrel. The wines were matured for five months in a combination of new Hungarian and French oak barrels. The wine was then lightly fined, sterile filtered and bottled.
Wood ageing: 20% of the wine was fermented and matured for five months in oak barrels.
Serve at 12 – 15°C. Partner 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 biltong.
5 to 7 years from date of vintage
100% Chenin Blanc
In the Vineyard
Age of vines Average of 32 years old
Trellising Bush vines and Trellis
Yield 4 tons per hectare
Irrigation Overhead and Drip
About the Harvest
Picking date 27th January – 1st March 2011
Grape Sugar 23.5°B on average
Acidity 5.05 g⁄ℓ average at harvest
pH at harvest 3.55
Residual Sugar 4.3 g⁄ℓ
Total Extract 22.4 g⁄ℓ
Alcohol 13.92 %
Total Acid 5.6 g/
Free SO2 35 mg⁄ℓ
Total SO2 122 mg⁄ℓ
Wine of Origin Western Cape