Rijk’s Private Cellar Chenin Blanc 2015

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:  3.0 g/l

Acidity:  6.7 g/l

pH:  3.18

Alcohol  13.95 %

Appelation   Tulbagh


In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  southeast

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

Concentrated aromas of yellow fruit, pineapple and melon on the nose with nutty nuances that linger. Full bodied, elegant creamy palate. Well balanced and alive with fresh acidity and long finish. 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 6.2 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

10 years at temperatures between 14ºC and 17ºC

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 14ºC

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