The wine shows lemongrass, pear drops and wet stone flavours on the nose and palate. The palate further entices with a creamy texture with honey and white peach flavours which ends with zesty acidity and silky aftertaste always with a sense of freshness.
A great year on a gallop. The Stellenbosch region produced a slightly smaller crop but with exceptional quality, which was taken in earlier and faster than the previous years.
“Viticulturally speaking this year can be described as one of the best or even the best in years with regard to quality. The type of year you only dream of. Save up, this year brings beautiful wines!” said Conrad Schutte, VinPro viticulturist for the Stellenbosch region.
The grapes were all handpicked on four different occasions in order to have a spread of flavours, i.e. green apple, pear drops and floral. All the grapes are whole bunch pressed in the cellar. The four different batches were inoculated with Lalvin D254, Lalvin 3097 and Anchor Vin 13 respectively. All the batches fermented in 228L French oak barrels. No new oak was used for this wine as we want it to be quite fruit driven. We also stop the Malo-lactic fermentation soon after the alcoholic fermentation completes in order to preserve the fresh acidity. The wine was in the barrels for 10 months. Prior to bottling in May 2016 6% of 2016 was blended in.
Soil and Terroir:
The soil consists of 10% clay and 50% gravel on a North-western slope. The row direction is 45° West of North. The stone fraction in this vineyard is less than in the other parts on the farm. Supplementary irrigation is done by overhead sprinklers.
Alc.: 13,2 vol%
Total Extract: 19 g/l
Res sugar: 1.6 g/l
T.A.: 6.3 g/l
V.A.: 0.42 g/l
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