21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2018
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21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2018

Soft aromas of dried apricots and ripe tropical fruit, with an oak and vanilla undertow on the nose. On the palate, there’s good acidity and rounded rich flavours of white flesh peaches, almond paste and creaminess.

SERVE WITH: Crisp pork belly with oriental caramelisation, duck breast with fynbos honey and spices, or Cape-style pickled fish.

AWARDS:
Veritas Wine Awards 2019 – Double Gold
John Platter Wine Guide 2019 – 5 Star
Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge 2018
Tim Atkin Annual South Africa Report 2020 - 92 points

Dryland, old-vine parcels with an average age of 35 years supply the grapes for this concentrated, overtly wooded Chenin Blanc which shows layers of honey, pear and guava, some tannin and extract from short skin contact and a rich, toasty finish. Drink 2021-24 - Tim Atkin MW

WINEMAKER: Jacques Erasmus

ORIGIN: Tygerberg

TERROIR / SOIL:
The vineyard is planted in deep Clovelly soils in the cool Tygerberg hills about 15 km from the ocean.

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Dryland, semi-trellised vines with an average age of 35 years in a single vineyard yielded the grapes for this wine. The ocean breezes tempered the heat enabling the berries to hang on the vine for longer. They were picked in four parcels in late February: a yield of 6 tonnes per hectare.

WINEMAKING:
Grapes were hand-harvested in 10kg lug boxes and pre-cooled before hand-sorting, destemming and crushing. Skin contact was limited to 6 hours and the free-run juice drained off to settle overnight before inoculation. The fermentation took place in a combination of 300L, 400L, 500L and 2500L French oak barrels. The wine matured for 14 months in barrels; 60% were new fill, while the balance was second fill.

ANALYSIS:

Alc:

14.49 % vol

TA:

6.5 g/L

RS:

6.9 g/L

pH:

3.36

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