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Producer: The Three FoxesGrape Varieties: Clairette 73%, Semillon 27%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Textured intensely flavoured whiteAlcohol by Volume: 11%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
Funky and intriguing notes of butternut squash are underlined by a weighty and rich texture in this intensely flavoured Clairette Semillon blend. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, resulting in a pure expression of its orgins.
The Three Foxes is a small-scale winery set up in 2004 by three young South African friends. Their focus is making small parcels of outstanding wine (not more than 2000 bottles per vintage) from grapes sourced from the most exciting vineyards around the Cape.
This wine is named after the old vines from which it originates. The old, dry farmed bush vines are over 60 years old and consequently are "gnarled" in appearance. Sourced from some of the most exciting vineyards around the Cape, these grapes are sourced from the up and coming, fashionable area of Swartland, an area perfectly suited to the cultivation of Mediterranean varieties.
The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity. The two varieties were vinified separately, with the minimum of intervention. Apart from the addition of minimal levels of sulphur, nothing else was added. The temperature controlled fermentation took place in egg shaped tanks, using only natural yeasts. The egg shaped fermenters create a natural stirring effect over the lees during the fermentation process, adding both texture and complexity to the final wine. The two cuvées were then blended, but to preserve its true varietal characteristics, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A food friendly wine, to be serve chilled at 10 to 12°C with wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil or smoked fish dishes.
Clairette 73%, Semillon 27%
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