Country/ Region: South Africa/Stellenbosch.
Grapes: 100% Chenin Blanc.
WINEMAKER NOTES: The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and immediately crushed into holding tanks. We have extended (24 hours) skin contact to extrat all the Chenin flavours to ensure good structure in the final wine. Only the free run juice was used and settled for 1 day before inoculation with selected yeast strains. The juice was racked into barrels for fermentation. No new barrels were used to ensure that unique characters of the specific terroirs were preserved in the wine. After fermentation the wine was aged on the primary lees for another 6 months before being racked out and prepared for bottling.
VINEYARDS: Although very dry, the 2017 vintage was cooler than expected with very low night temperatures. This was ideal for ripening. The grapes for this wine came from a couple of old (average age: 30 years) Chenin Blanc vineyards around Stellenbosch. These old unirrigated vineyards were very well adapted to dry conditions and this was not affected by the drought. Careful canopy management was done to ensure enough sunlight, but protect grapes against direct sunlight. The average yield of this wonderful old vineyards was 4t/ha.
VINTAGE: Much like the 2016 vintage, 2017 was characterised by a dry winter and a dry growing season. Kleine Zalze had however planned for this and managed their vineyards carefully to ensure that they didn't experience any extreme water stress. They experienced a fairly persistent wind during the latter flowering period and the yields were lower than normal. The harvest started very early on the 11th January and was expected to be a challenging vintage (similar to 2016). In spite of this, very moderate midsummer temperatures and cooler than normal night temperatures provided excellent ripening conditions.
TASTING NOTES: Hand-harvested premium grapes from some of the oldest vines on the estate are used to produce this rich Chenin with a gently tropical nose of honeysuckle and pineapple with fresh green apple and subtle oak.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.