Rijk’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
Grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Fermented in 50% new, 30% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill French and Hungarian 300 litre oak barrels. 100% of the wine was naturally fermented. A maturation period of 14 months was required before the wine was racked, blended and bottled.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit - full bodied. Special Reserve selection.
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 3.5 g/l
Acidity: 3.5 g/l
Alcohol 14.22 % Appelation Tulbagh
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect southeast
Trellis system : 80% raised bush vines and 20% trellised (VSP)
Golden hued colour. Attractive complex nose with aromas of ripe melon and grapefruit, with honey undertones. The wood spices compliments the pure fruit bringing structure to this fine wine. A well-balanced palate with an exotic sweet-sour tang ensures a long finish and lasting aftertaste.
100% Chenin Blanc
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.2 tons / ha
At least 12 years after vintage if stored between 14ºC and 17ºC
Recommended to be served at 14ºC