Chenin Blanc 2017

2017 Tasting Notes The wine is lightly wooded, exhibits captivating complexity, with pineapple, citrus and apricots initially evident, followed by layers of stone fruit, pear, lime and white flowers. The palate shows richness, creamy oaky undertones, and lasting citrus, lemon and lime flavours. Viticulture Made from a dryland trellised vineyard planted in 1974 – thus currently 44 years old. This vineyard yield around 2,ton/ha, making the grapes and the wine extremely expensive. Very low yield of exceptional fruit. The vineyard face Northwest, with decompose granite (extremely old) soil. The soil, adds to the minerality in the wine. Wellington has been experiencing extreme drought for the last 3-4 years. One of the reasons for the low yield. We get 44 degree temperatures in summer, a huge challenge when growing white cultivars, without any water. Viniculture This Chenin Blanc was made from a dryland vineyard planted in 1974 (43 years old). Grapes was harvested by hand in the early morning to obtain the best quality fruit possible. The grapes were chilled to 5°C to prevent oxidation prior to whole bunch pressing. The chilled juice was settled for 48 hours with racking to different fermentation vessels. 30 % of the wine was fermented in 500L French oak barrels whilst others were fermented separately in stainless steal tanks using different yeast, adding to the complexity of the final blend. The wine was aged for 11 months, with blending and bottling thereafter. The wine was bottled in January 2018. Serving Suggestions Serve chilled with a summer picnic, or as a great companion to fish, sea food (calamari, lobster, mussels & lemon butter prawns), poultry and fresh garden salads. Excellent with roast duck or vegetarian vegetable dishes. Lovely with soft white cheese. Will pair well with game birds. The wine does however have sufficient structure to pair well with lamb and pork. Awards NWC Top 100 SA Wines 2018 – Double Platinum NWC Top 100 SA Wines 2018 – Winner (Included in Top 100 Wines) Vitis Vinifera 2018 - Gold
Analysis
Vintage:
2017
Cultivar:
Chenin Blanc
Apellation:
Wellington
Alcohol:
12,5
PH:
3,48
Alcohol:
6,0
Sugar:
2,4
Optimum Drinking:
From 2018
Oak:
30% in 500 L French oak
Ageing:
Oak Barrel
Production:
4500 bottles
Terroir
Aspect:
Northwest
Trellising:
Perold System
Climate:
Cold winters, very hot summers
Rainfall:
450 - 600
Geology:
Decomposed Granite
Hectares:
1,5
Planted:
1944
Harvested:
January 2018
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