21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016
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21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016

R198,00

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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

APPEARANCE:
Molten buttery gold, with a bright, vibrant rim.

TASTING NOTE:
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.

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