Accolades - 17.5 Jancis Robinson 2014; 92/100 Tim Atkin MW 2015; 94/100 Jamie Good 2015
Style - The style of this single vineyard Chenin Blanc was inspired by the great Vouvray Demi-Sec’s (literally half dry) from the Val de Loire in France. Due to the great natural acidity of Chenin Blanc (colloquially called ‘Steen’), it can result in wines with unbelievable balance.
Aroma Profile - Toasty marmalade, pineapple, lime & honey nougat character on the nose gives way to a fresh acidity on the mid pallet, ending in a long lingering finish, with tropical fruits & charry vanilla.
Viticulture - Harvested from a 0.6 ha, 36 year old single vineyard, it is naturally low yielding at only 3 tons/ha, or 19 hectoliter/ha. Biodynamic (organic) practices are followed & therefore no herbicides or chemical sprays were used in the production of these grapes. The fruit was hand-picked in the second week of February 2013 in small picking bins to ensure that perfect grapes reached the cellar.
Vinification - Whole bunch pressed grapes fermented with wild yeast in French Puncheons. It is also aged in these barrels sur lie for 10 to 12 months. In line with our ultra-natural & terroir-driven approach, the wine received no enzymes, no fining & was bottled unfiltered. Although the wine is drinking well now, we recommend further cellaring, as the wine will improve with maturation for another 8 – 10 years.
Alcohol: 14 % Bottles: 1252