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Grape Varieties: Chenin Blanc 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: A complex yet crisp dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: South Africa
Aromas of fresh pear, ripe apricot and subtle oak spice lead to a fine, crisp palate with vibrant flavours of ripe Granny Smith apples and cinnamon spice.
Founded in 1989, multi-award winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. As advocates to the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the Cape’s signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety.
Given the dry conditions that prevailed in the three harvests preceding 2018, the vines were under considerable stress during the 2018 vintage. The decision was made to harvest as early as possible in order to harness the natural acidity that is so central to the character and freshness of Chenin Blanc.
There are two Chenin Blanc vineyards at Mulderbosch: one a trellised vineyard with some modifications to the top fruiting wires which expose the canopy to sunlight, and the other a dryland farmed bush vine block. The balance of the fruit for the ‘Steen op Hout’ blend is sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch, mostly on soils derived from decomposed granite, and with high gravelly clay content. The vineyards vary in age from five years old to 35 years old. Significantly, they are all within a range of two to eight miles from the Atlantic Ocean at False Bay, and as such are strongly influenced by a maritime climate, which plays a crucial role in the ultimate wine's freshness and poise.
Vinification was kept simple, a proportion was barrel fermented in 1,500 litre French oak foudres and a selection of neutral 500 litre oak with natural yeasts, followed by malolactic fermentation. The remaining proportion of fruit was fermented with a selected neutral yeast in stainless steel, this portion did not undergo malolactic fermentation to retain the crisp natural acidity. 40% of the blend was matured in large, neutral oak barrels and foudres for six months.
A vibrant and fresh expression of Chenin Blanc. Aromas of fresh pear, ripe apricot and subtle oak spice lead to a firm texture with a beautiful fine crisp line penetrating the length of the palate supporting flavours of ripe Granny Smith apples and cinnamon spice. A great match with Asian style lightly spiced prawns and sesame toast.
Chenin Blanc 100%
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