Tasting note: Highly concentrated fresh pineapple and litchi flavors are perfectly framed and carried by harmonious fresh acidity. On the palate, concentrated ripe apricot and pear from the Chenin Blanc, charming layers of apple and lemon curd from the Grenache while the rich Sauvignon Blanc adds depth and complexity. The wine opens up and finishes long with oatmeal and nuttiness supporting the fruit through the entire length of the wine.
Cultivars Chenin Blanc (70%), Grenache Blanc (20%), Sauvignon Blanc (10%)
Style Rich ripe, wooded
Area of origin Western Cape
ABV 13.5% pH: 3.29 RS: 4.7g/lt
Grapes for this premium blend were hand picked from 4 different sights. Three sites from Swartland and one 30 year old Chenin Blanc vineyards from Granite soils in Stellenbosch at 350m above sea-level.
Different batches of grapes within the vineyard blocks were selected by hand in mid-February between 23 and 25 Balling. Grapes were picked into small crates and immediately chilled. The grapes had 4 hours skin contact to ensure the best fruit flavours were extracted from the skins and to ensure ageing potential. The Chenin Blanc was then fermented in third fill French oak 500L barrels and left on the lees for 10 months before blending. The Grenache fermented in very old 500 litre barrels before blending and bottling. The small portion Sauvignon Blanc was tank fermented.
91 Points by Tim Aitkin in 2020
91 Points by Decanter World Wine Awards 2018