Kleine Zalze / 2017 Cellar Selection Bush Vines Chenin Blanc.

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Kleine Zalze / 2017 Cellar Selection Bush Vines Chenin Blanc

Country/ Region: South Africa/Coastal Region.

Grapes: 100% Chenin Blanc.

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%

Unit: 1 x 75cl Bottle.

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of ripe pineapple and guava jump out of the glass. This is followed by a rich and ripe palate, beautifully balanced by lemon-lime freshness on the back palate. Flinty mineral notes that linger on the finish mean that this delicious wine will mature gracefully over the next 3 to 5 years.

Vineyards: The majority of grapes for this wine come from the Helderberg region and the balance are sourced from select coastal vineyards. Owing to the nature of bush vines, careful canopy management is exercised so that no bunches are exposed to excessive sunlight and an even ripening of the grapes is achieved.

Vintage: With the wet winter there was a good build-up of reserves in the vines and a much earlier than normal start to Spring weather meant we had an early bud-break. The growing season was, however, one of the coolest in recent memory and the moderate temperatures ensured a relatively long and even ripening period that allowed us to harvest beautifully ripe fruit with fantastic natural acidity.

Winemaking: All the vineyard parcels were harvested at optimum ripeness and vinified separately. The grapes were given 12 to 24 hours extended skin contact before only the free-run juice was transferred to tank for fermentation. The wines were fermented at low temperatures with selected yeast strains to highlight each vineyard's specific characteristics. After fermentation the wine was left for a further four months in contact with the lees before putting the final blend together.

Tasting Notes: Truly fantastic value. A dry, zesty Chenin with a succulent palate of crisp pear and tropical pineapple with more vibrant guava notes that jump out of the glass.

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