Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
Bottling Date: 12 July 2018
Production: 42 000 bottles / 3 500 cases
Wine of Origin: Swartland
Technical Details at Bottling: Alcohol 13.5% - RS 2.1 g/l - TA 4.9 g/l - pH 3.48
Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2018 Chenin Blanc come from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 37 year old Chenin planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Kasteelberg, and two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin grown in the decomposed Granite soils of the Paardeberg.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were harvested between the 1st February and 11th February 2018.
Yields: Between 3 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
Winemaking: Grapes are chilled in our cold room, then pressed whole-bunch and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all our wines, no further additions are made. The juice is then racked to tank (85%) and older French oak barrels (15%) for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 6 weeks. The barrels are racked and blended with the tank-fermented portion and then bottled.
Tasting Note: Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of sun ripened pears and wet granite. The palate has a vibrant acidity balanced by a soft, round texture and some pithy character. The wine has a fresh, mineral finish. Drinking beautifully now and best served at 10 to 12 è_C.