Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chenin Blanc 2016

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Beautiful golden straw colour with a green tinge. The first thing you pick up on the nose is stone fruit followed by dried apricots and peaches. As you delve deeper you start picking up hints of marmalade and a touch of wood spice. The palate is big, bold and viscous. It is well rounded and well balanced between the fruit, the acidity and the sweetness with a medley of flavours that lingers on the palate for what seems to be endless. This is a wine for big occasions and has the potential to age extremely well.

Almost anything with a creamy sauce especially richer fish dishes such as salmon or lobster. Roast chicken or roast pork belly with apple sauce work well as do roasted root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips. Roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash are another excellent match.

variety : Chenin Blanc | 100% Chenin Blanc
winemaker : Elmarie Botes
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.4 % vol  rs : 3.4 g/l  pH : 3.11  ta : 6.7 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

Handcrafted to unlock the natural style inherent in the best grapes from select parcels of vines grown in the Cape Floral Kingdom, these elegant wines capture the highly sought -after qualities of varietal character and terroir. These wines are not pressured by filtration – letting gravity do the work - resulting in a rich, complex taste that abounds with fruit and flavour.

in the vineyard : 
Terroir
Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and eastfacing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. The soil is predominantly medium textured and well-drained with good water holding capacity.

in the cellar : 
Half the grapes, which came from Paarl, were whole bunch pressed, clarified and fermented in barrel. Fermentation of the Darling grapes took place in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to older barrels. Both portions were left to mature in wood for eight months. After ageing, strict barrel selection took place to ensure only the very best was used. The wine was fined and clarified through settling as opposed to filtration.

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