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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
RJ Botha
Main Variety
Chenin Blanc
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.0 %vol
pH
3.33
RS
6.9 g/l
TA
6.9 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Accolades

2017 SAWi Wards - Platinum
2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles - Best White Wine
2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles - Grand Gold Medal
2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver Outstanding
2014 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Compeition - Grand Prix Trophy & Double Gold
2014 Mundus Vini International Wine Awards - Gold
2014 Old Mutual Trophy - Gold
2014 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge - Top 10


Tasting Notes

Concentrated aromas of lime, winter melon and herbs on the nose with layers of citrus and elderflower on the palate. Elegant fruit and integrated French oak flavours give this wine a creamy mouth feel and a long, fresh, earthy finish.


Ageing Potential

Enjoy now or mature up to 15 years at the optimum storage conditions.


Blend Information

100% Chenin Blanc

In The Vineyard

This Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 was crafted from three different wards and soils (Decomposed Granite, Oakleaf and Duplex) in Stellenbosch, each contributing to the complexity of this wine. These vineyards are very old unirrigated bush vines. The canopy of the bush vines were suckered and tipped to ensure a cool micro climate around the grapes with no direct sun and without botrytis.


About The Harvest

The grapes were picked separately between 22.5°balling and 24.5°balling.


In The Cellar

The grapes were reductively crushed and the juice was given 12 -18 hours skin contact prior to settling. After only 1 day settling we racked the cloudy juice (120ntu) to tank where it got inoculated with selected wine yeast strain. The juice was then gravity fed into 400l French oak barrels for fermentation. We only used 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels to protect the delicate Chenin Blanc fruit. The wine spent an extra 8 month in barrel before we blended the components. There was no fining or filtration before bottling.