Chenin Blanc 2020

Grapes are hand harvested early morning at 23.5 balling. Portion of the grapes are whole bunch pressed and the other portion goes through the destemmer and crushed for skin contact. One day of settling and then barrelled in 400L French oak barrels. Natural fermentation takes place over the next 40 – 60 days with strict temperature control during fermentation. Once fermentation is completed the wine is matured for up to 10 months with monthly battônage of the lees. No malolactic fermentation takes place. 33% 1st fill, 33% 2nd fill and 33% 3rd fill barrels of tight grain with medium toast.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 13.5% vol Sugar 4.2 g/l
TA 6.1 g/l pH 3.55
ACCOLADES
  • Veritas 2020 : Silver - 2019 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 : Silver - 2018 vintage
  • International Wine and Spirits Challenge 2020 : Silver - 2018 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Show 2020 : Silver - 2018 vintage
  • John Platter Wine Guide 2021 : 4.5 stars - 2018 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '20 : 4.5 stars - 2017 vintage
  • IWSC '19 : Silver - 2017 vintage
  • Novare SA Terroir Award '19 Cederberg Ward : Top Chenin Blanc - 2017 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '19 Report : 94 points - 2017 vintage
  • Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge '19 : Top 10 Winner - 2017 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '19 : Silver - 2017 vintage
  • Chenin Blanc Challenge '18 : Top 10 - 2016 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '19 : 5 Stars - 2016 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '18 : 94 - 2016 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '18 : Bronze - 2015 vintage
  • Platter's Wine Guide '18 : 4.5 stars - 2015 vintage
  • Veritas '17 : Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge '17 : Top 10 - 2015 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '17 : 94 points - 2015 vintage
  • Cederberg and Lambertsbaai Wards Terroir Awards : Top Chenin Blanc - 2015 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA Wines '17 : Double Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Decanter Wine World Awards '17 : Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Veritas '16 : Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Novare SA TWA '16 National : Top Chenin Blanc - 2014 vintage
  • Novare SA TWA '16 District : Top Chenin Blanc - 2014 vintage
  • NWC Top 100 SA Wines '16 : Double Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '16 : 4.5 star - 2013 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '15 : 94 points - 2012 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '15 : Silver - 2012 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '15 : Top 100 - 2012 vintage
  • Veritas '14 : Silver - 2012 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '15 : 4.5 stars - 2012 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '14 : 94 points - 2011 vintage
  • Robert Parker '14 : 90 points - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '14 : 4.5 stars - 2011 vintage
  • Wine Spectator '13 : 90 points - 2011 vintage
  • Veritas '13 : Silver - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '12 : 4.5 stars - 2010 vintage
  • International Wine Review : 91 points - 2010 vintage
  • Veritas '11 : Silver - 2010 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '11 : Silver - 2010 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South-west
Soil types: Glenrosa and Sandstone
Age: 15 years
Planted: 2.34 ha
Yield per hectare: 6 - 7 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: SN24/220 on Richter 99
Harvest date: 18 February 2020

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