WINEMAKER: Jacques Erasmus
ORIGIN: Western Cape: Breede River and Coastal regions
TERROIR / SOIL:
Combination of alluvial, well-drained and aerated soils, as well as decomposed granite soils from mountain foothills.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Grapes were sourced from trellised and bush vines and produced 10 to 15 tonnes per hectare.
Temperature: winter 10ºC; summer 26ºC
Annual rainfall: 40 mm – 200 mm
Proximity to ocean: ≤120 km
Grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed and slightly crushed before pressing and brief contact on the skins. Free-run juice settled in the tanks overnight. The next morning, the clear settled juice of the individual block selections (some kept separate and some blended) were racked from their lees and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermentation was temperature controlled. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for another three months to give extra body and elegance.
Alc: 13.23 % vol
TA: 6.8 g/L
RS: 4.8 g/L
Pale straw in colour with a greenish hue.
This unwooded Chenin Blanc is crisp and fruity. Expect guava, pear, apple and hints of litchi. The well-balanced palate has a strong finish.
This versatile crowd-pleaser goes well with most things. Try it with a goat cheese and sundried tomato salad, lemon-butter salmon trout or sushi.