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.
|Winemaker||Carl van der Merwe|
37% Chenin Blanc
|Total acid||6.40 g/l|
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.
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
2013: Silver 2014 IWC
Silver 2013 Decanter
2012: 5 stars Platter’s Guide
Gold 2013 Decanter
White Wine of the Year 2014 Platter’s Guide
Best White Blend under £15 Regional Trophy
2011: Silver 2012 IWC
91 points Decanter
4 ½ stars Platter’s Guide