Rijk’s Touch of Oak Chenin Blanc 2014

Cellar Practices

Grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Wine was cold fermented in tank to allow freshness and fruit, but kept on the lees for 11 months to give a creamy mouth feel. 25% of barrel-fermented wine was blended with the tank fermented portion (75%) to add the wooded dimension.

Characteristics

Fresh and crisp fruit driven medium bodied.

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  3.0 g/l

Acidity:  6.3 g/l

pH:  3.18

Alcohol  13.54%

Appelation   Coastal Region

In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  southeast

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

Upfront tropical flavours on the nose with litchi and peach aromas that follows through on the palate. These aromas are supported by hints of mango and a subtle touch of oak. A fresh presence of acid balances the residual sugar to perfection.

Cultivar

100% Chenin Blanc

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 7.6 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

5 years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 13ºC

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