Rijk’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

Cellar Practices

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.

Characteristics

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

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  3.5 g/l

Acidity:  3.5 g/l

pH:  3.18

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)

Tasting Notes

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.

Cultivar

100% Chenin Blanc

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.2 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 12 years after vintage if stored between 14ºC and 17ºC

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 14ºC

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