COUNTRY/REGION: South Africa/Coastal Region.
GRAPES: 100% Chenin Blanc.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Initial aromas of lime and citrus zest are beautifully intertwined with a virtual ‘fruit salad’ of tropical fruits. These flavours follow on the palate, and combined with the rich texture and elegant minerality, ensures a very long finish. The wine can be enjoyed now on its own or with sushi, roast chicken and creamy pasta dishes, but will also mature gracefully over the next 3 to 5 years.
VINEYARDS: The grapes for this wine comes from selected vineyards in Stellenbosch and Paarl. Owing to the nature of bush vines, careful canopy management was exercised so that no bunches were exposed to excessive sunlight and an even ripening of the grapes. A dry winter combined with an early spring led to an early bud break and thus early start to the growing season.
VINTAGE: The 2018 summer started very warm, but became a moderate to cool vintage with very cool evenings. Although it was very dry, these bushvine vineyards (with their deep and well established roots) looked and tasted spectacular.
WINEMAKING: All the vineyard parcels were at optimum ripeness and vinified separately. All 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 wineyard's specific characteristic. 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.
DELIVERY: Within 7 working days.