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Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented Reserve 2021

Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented Reserve 2021

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  • Full bodied richness and depth. 
  • Hand harvested from unirrigated bush vines on a single farm in one of the premier regions for Chenin Blanc.
  • Fermented and aged in French oak for 12 months. 
  • Sustainability and Integrity Certified. Fair Trade Certified.

Tasting Notes
The wine is made in a new world style: rich, complex, aromatic with fruit and structure. The careful winemaking techniques combined with the age-old traditions of Dry Land viticulture resulted in a Chenin Blanc that is true to its varietal and this illustrious region. Citrus, pear, peach and pineapple notes are evident in the aromatics of this wine. The palate boasts hints of citrus, litchi and vanilla, while the finish is crisp with a well-defined acidity. In the tradition of classic fine South African wines, this wine is ready to drink now and will continue to gain further complexity with aging for up to 5 years.
Pair with Brie, cheddar and aged Gouda. The wine will elevate salads, seafood, chicken or fish in a creamy, sweet & sour or chili sauces and Asian dishes.

Winemaking notes:
The grapes for this select wine originate from a single heritage 36 year old block on the same farm in the Agter-Paarl appellation, one of the premier regions for Chenin Blanc. This farm was granted in 1699 and has been in the same family since 1775.  The decomposed granite and Glenrosa soils are deep and strong in structure. The vines are allowed to grow as small bush vines with no irrigation or artificial canopy, only relying on winter rainfall. Without irrigation, dry land crops weigh less, with smaller bunches and smaller berries that need to be picked by hand giving a low yield of 7 tons per hectare. There is a rich reward for enduring these tough conditions as most of the flavor is just under the skin, so with less juice and more skin, there is a higher flavor concentration. Intensive vineyard management, including using cover crops for water retention and natural pest control (with no chemical pesticides), protects the vine and ensures the ecosystem is in balance. The vineyard and the cellar are certified for Sustainability & Integrity as well as Fair and Ethical Trade.

The grapes are harvested by hand and delivered to the winery in crates. The grapes are destemmed and the juice kept in contact with the skins for 3 hours. Only free run juice is used and great care is taken to ensure that the juice is clear before fermentation starts so that the pure, concentrated fruitiness of the dry land grapes is infused into the wines. Fermentation takes place in smaller French oak barrels for complexity and in tank for freshness. The wine is then batonaged once a month for three months after fermentation and aged in barrel for a further 10 months.
Technical details: ALC - 14.17% Vol; PH - 3.52; RS - 4.3 g/l; TA - 6 g/l

92- James Suckling 
90 points - Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report

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