Rijk’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011

Cellar Practices

Grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Fermented in 60% new and 40% 2nd fill French and Hungarian 300 litre oak barrels. 50% of the barrel fermented wine was fermented with wild yeast. The wine was then matured for 11 months, blended and then bottled.


Characteristics

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit - full bodied. Special Reserve selection.

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  5.0 g/l

Acidity:  5.8 g/l

pH:  3.34

Alcohol  14.92 %

Appelation   Tulbagh


In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  southeast

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

This iconic Chenin Blanc has a complex nose of tropical and yellow fruit aromas. The wood spices compliments the fruit and adds structure on the rich and creamy palate. Full bodied and has a lasting exotic sweet- sour tang on the finish. Superb fine dining wine. World class.

Cultivar

100% Chenin Blanc

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.3 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 10 years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 14ºC

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