MAESTRO WHITE 2015

Tasting Notes
The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste. 

 

 

Technical Detail

Winemaker  Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend

26% Roussanne
25% Chardonnay
19% Grenache Blanc
17% Chenin Blanc
13% Viognier

Alcohol  14. %
pH 3.39
RS 2.9 g/l
Total acid 5.8 g/l
Appellation Stellenbosch

 

VINEYARDS

Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.

 

VINTAGE

The vintage 2013 started off with cool temperatures persisting through most of January. A long dry spell followed with very hot temperatures in early February. White fruit ripened well and without any losses to disease. The cool January temperatures and intermittent rainfall favoured the development of localised botrytis in some of the Chenin Blanc.

 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months.  A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.


AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2015
95 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2016
Platter’s 4 ½ Stars Platter Guide 2017
92 Points Cape White Blends Report 2016

2014
93 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015
94 Points Cape White Blends Report 2016
92 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate
90+ points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
Best White Blend under £15 International Trophy Decanter 2013

2013
Platter’s 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2015
Grand Gold SAWi 2014
93 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
92 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2014
90 points Neal Martin
Wine Advocate
90 points James Molesworth
Wine Spectator

2012
Platter’s 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2014
Gold Decanter 2013
White Wine of the Year Platter’s Guide 2014
Best White Blend under £15 Regional Trophy Decanter 2013
92 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate