"KLEINE ZALZE" CHENIN BLANC
STELLENBOSCH - SOUTH AFRICA
The grapes were harvested from low yield-bearing (approx. 8 tons/ha) bush vines from the Helderberg region. Low altitudes and southwestern facing slopes provide an ideal growing climate. In addition, deep red soils resulted in superb water retention which leads to a good root development and optimal moisture supply during the
summer ripening period.
After crushing, the juice was given extended skin contact prior to pressing. The fermentation process was started in a stainless steel tank; subsequently the juice was transferred into oak (30% new and 70% second fill) barrels at 12°B. Fermentation was completed in the barrels at a controlled temperature. Thereafter, one third of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Lees contact was given throughout the 6-month barrel maturation period.
Winemakers Tasting Notes:
On the nose, there are concentrated aromas of tropical honeysuckle fruit with hints of botrytis. Ripe peach, layers of tropical fruit, both combined with subtle wood give this wine a rich and creamy mouth feel, with an elegant acidity in the background. Enjoy now or mature for 3-5 years.