Zonnebloem Blanc de Blanc 2001

Engelbrecht describes this as a wine of concentrated flavours, where the traces of guava from the Chenin Blanc are contrasted by the flinty character contributed by the Sauvignon Blanc to make for a medium-bodied wine with a delectably prominent fruit character.


variety : Chenin Blanc | 85% Chenin Blanc, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
winery : Zonnebloem Wines
winemaker : Louw Engelbrecht
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.4 % vol  rs : 1.7 g/l  pH : 3.45  ta : 5.7 g/l  

in the vineyard : Both the Chenin Blanc, which comprises 85% of the Blanc de Blanc blend, and the Sauvignon Blanc, which makes up the balance were sourced from east-facing vineyards in the Devon Valley, grown in deep red soils. The vines received supplementary irrigation during ripening.

about the harvest: The grapes were hand-harvested in mid-February at between 22,5°B and 23,5°B.

in the cellar : The grapes from each vineyard were individually vinified. The juice received no skin contact and was fermented cold at between 13°C and 16°C. It was left on the lees for one month to impart depth of flavour.

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