Rijk's Touch of Oak Chenin Blanc 2016

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:  4.8 g/l

Acidity:  6.6 g/l

pH:  3.23

Alcohol  14.11 %

Appelation   Coastal Region

In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  southeast

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

Stone-fruit aromas dominate the nose with hints of citrus, quince and pine nut. Rich and creamy palate is well balanced, perked up by lively acidity and a long finish. The subtle use of oak uplifts the pure fruity characters.

Cultivar

100% Chenin Blanc

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.9 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

7 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 13ÂșC

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