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1900 Chenin Blanc 2011

Grapes Chenin Blanc
Aspect South (S)
Altitude 20 m 
Distance from the sea 12 km
Soil type Table Mountain Sandstone & decomposed granite
   
Age of the vines 30+ years
Trellising Bush vines
Bottling 15th of February 2012
Harvest date Between the 27th of January and the 3rd of February 2011


Winemaking record: Hand-picked grapes in small 18kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and then destemmed and lightly crushed. 20 hours of skin-contact in a red fermentor and immediately pressed in our stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). 30% of the harvest went to old barrels for 12 months – no racking. After 1 day of settlement, the juice fermented at 15°C during the whole month of February. Natural fermentation !!!!!

Bottling 15th of February 2012
Wine analysis alcohol 12,96 %
total acid 5,92 g/l
PH 3,33
residual sugar 4,9 g/l
Cellaring potential Should improve in the next 5 years (2017)


Winemakers comments: Chenin is a noble grape and can give you the most versatile wines. We have chosen for an elegant style of Chenin, that can be the ultimate “food wine” as well as a great “sipping wine”. Nice lightly tropical, sophisticated flavours of pineapple, peach, extract of almond. This wine has a good balance between the lemon acidity and the slightly wooded flavours. A nice minerality and a subtle spiciness, makes this wine enjoyable for the next 8 years.

Recommended food pairing - Pairs well with a variety of different dishes, but excellent with oysters, game fish.
Also nice with Duck à l’Orange and asparagus dishes.

 

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