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Producer: OlifantsbergGrape Varieties: 100% Grenache BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Rich textural balanced whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
Richly textured and beautifully balanced, with delicious notes of stone fruits, lime blossom and green herbal notes with a hint of salinity on the finish.
Producer NoteOlifantsberg is passionate about producing authentic wines with a true sense of place, which reflect the unique location of their vineyard. The focus is on sustainablefarming and winemaking practices, resulting in limited intervention in the both the vineyard and cellar. The team are fully committed to understanding their terroir and managing their natural resources through conservation, which adds to the singularity of their wines. The unique terroir with its combination of schist soils,constant winds and elevation, produce concentrated fruit that results in elegant, fresh and age-worthy wines.
Vintage2016 was one of the best years for white wine in South Africa. The warm, dry vintage produced small, ripe berries with concentrated flavours. This vintage offers a great ageing ability with the wines showing wonderful purity of fruit and elegance.
VineyardThe vineyards are located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range where they endure large diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, ataltitudes from 250 to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Cold winters,coupled with the summer winds, ensure the slow ripening of the grapes, which helps to maintain healthy vines and contributes freshness and elegance to the wines. The soils in the vineyard comprise a shale, granite and slate, which lends structure to the resulting wine. The vineyards are farmed in a sustainable manner, helping to maintain the biodiversity within the vineyards and soils. The vines are trained “sur echalas”, a bush vine supported by a wooden vertical support; which helps toproduce more concentrated fruit on the lower potential soils in these mountainous vineyard sites.
WinemakingThe grapes were whole bunch pressed to ensure an elegant extraction of colour, aromas and flavours. Natural fermentation took place in seasoned French oak barrels and large oak foudres which added layers of complexity. The wine was aged for 10 months on its fine lees, adding texture and richness.
Tasting NoteA unique style of Grenache Blanc which shows delicacy and finesse. Subtle aromas of lime blossom combine with green herbal notes, white peach and quince through to a beautifully balanced and richly textured palate with a delicious saline hint on the finish.
Serving SuggestionAccompanies seafood, rich fish dishes or cuisine with a subtle hint of spice.
GrapeGrenache Blanc 100%
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