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Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2015

VINTAGE:   2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  

Wine Style: Fresh, Medium-bodied & partially barrel fermented
When to Enjoy: Perfect for any social occasion and over Summer lunches.
How to Serve: Well chilled.
Our meal suggestions: Delectable with fish and shellfish, poultry and dishes with cream sauces and mild camembert cheese topped with toasted nuts and wild honey.  A versatile wine so make your own best pairing.
The wine itself: A clear and bright wine with hints of lime and gold. The palate is both rich and refreshing and contains elements of honey, nuts, ripe pineapple, yellow melon fruit and hints of yellow peach with a floral undertone. The wine is classically dry, yet luxuriously silky with superb viscosity and length..
What about the grapes? 100% Chenin Blanc
And the vineyards (terroir): Lofty altitudes and westerly aspects punctuate the quality of the Chenin Blanc. For the 2015 vintage we selected the fruit from 34 year old Chenin vines with a north south row direction. These old vineyards were harvested in three stages. Fruit that was exposed to direct sunlight, then fruit that was hanging partially in the sun and finally fruit inside the canopy (shaded fruit). This equipped the winemaker with luscious, gradually ripened fruit with a variety of flavours.
How was it made: 80% was barrel fermented (1st, 2nd and 3rd fill 500L barrels) and aged for 10 months on the lees to add to the complexity and rich mouth feel of the wine. Thereafter we selected and blended the 10 best barrels.   This resulted in a full-bodied wine with a yellow fruit intensity.
Should this wine age / mature: Chenin is a wine that develops and deepens both in color and aroma over time. As such it rewards the patient with extra complexity while offering the impatient oodles of up-front fruit and freshness.
Technical Facts: Grape Origin:   Stellenbosch
Wine Variety:    Chenin Blanc
Body:     Medium / Full
Barrel Treatment:   100% Wooded
 
Alc: 14.0%  Ph: 3.42  Acid: 5.4 g/l  Rs: 1.6 g/l

 

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