Green apple, apricot, peach, hints of honey and floral aromas characterize a fresh and upfront nose. The palate is rich and well integrated with a lingering aftertaste.
Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol content: 13.62%
TA: 5.7 g/l
RS: 1.9 g/l
Old bush vineyards grown on weathered granite and sandstone are selected in cool areas of Stellenbosch with a good exposure to cooling sea breezes. Fruit is allowed to ripen to optimum ripeness and generally harvested once the fruit has attained a light yellow hue.
2018 was dry vintage in the Cape. Thunder storms in early spring added a lot of Nitrogen to the soils resulting in very healthy canopies entering the growing season.The day time temperaturs during the ripeneing period were cooler than what was experienced in the very hot 2016 and 2017 vintages, with relatively cool evenings. Conditions were very dry though, with vine stress management being key to success. Fruit harvesting tended to be very early in 2018, with a focus on bringing fruit into the winery with lower sugar levels and lower pH levels.
Pre cooled fruit is lightly destemmed and crushed, followed by a short skin contact. Free run and medium press components are combined with hard press fractions kept separate. Fermentation occurs naturally with wild yeasts in a combination of stainless steel tank and old French oak barrels. The final blend is made up after 4-6 months of ageing on the lees then lightly filtered and stabilized for bottling.