Alcohol content: 14.35%
TA: 5.6 g/l
RS: 2.81 g/l
Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterize a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well-integrated with a lingering aftertaste.
Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Carefully tended vineyards on East facing slopes of the Bottleary Hills are managed for optimal exposure to gentle morning sunshine, Granitic soils result in highly concentrated fruit with excellent natural acidity which in turn produces wines of tension and verve. Fruit is allowed to ripen to optimum ripeness and generally harvested once the fruit has attained a light-yellow hue.
2019 was a cooler vintage than the previous hot and dry years. Whilst the vineyards benefited from decent winter rainfall there were some latent stress effects from the previous year’s drought conditions. This resulted in some uneven budding and careful harvesting was necessary to achieve a total pick of optimum ripeness. Cool conditions during the early part of the ripening resulted in high acidities and low pH, resulting in wines that are fresh, precise and bright.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Pre-cooled fruit is lightly destemmed and crushed, followed by a short skin contact. Free run and medium press components are combined with hard press fractions kept separate. Fermentation occurs naturally with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend is made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilized for bottling.
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