Rijk’s Private Cellar Chenin Blanc 2014

Cellar Practices

Grapes were gently crushed and pressed. 20% of the wine was cold fermented in tank to retain freshness and fruit, and 80% was fermented in French and Hungarian 300 litre barrels. 30% was fermented with natural yeast. The wine was then aged for 11 months, blended and then bottled.

Characteristics

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit - full bodied

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  3.4 g/l

Acidity:  6.5 g/l

pH:  3.13

Alcohol  13.87 %

Appelation   Tulbagh


In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  southeast

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

Lovely aromas of melon and quince on the nose with hints of golden delicious apple. The full bodied, creamy palate is layered with flavours of peach and apricot and finishes with a lively acidity. Excellent ageing potential and superb versatility with a wide range of dishes completes this superb wine.

Cultivar

100% Chenin Blanc

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 7.1 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 8 years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 14ºC

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