Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2015

Colour: Pale lemon-yellow with faint green tinges. Bouquet: Concentrated fruit flavours of ripe guava and pineapple, together with floral notes. Time in wood together with lees contact has added nuances of butterscotch, nuts.Taste: On the palate the emphasis is on the fruit and there is plenty of that: upfront guava and pineapple with sweet vanilla and honey following through.

Enjoy with strong flavoured food like curries, masalas, breyani’s, Mediterranean cuisine and Thai dishes. Delicious with roast pork, apple sauce and crackling. Delightful on its own as it has not been over-wooded. Serve chilled at 12-14°C (not too cold!).

variety : Chenin Blanc | 100% Chenin Blanc
winery : Uitkyk Estate
winemaker : Estelle Lourens
wine of origin : Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.11 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.25  ta : 6.5 g/l  va : 0.52 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

IWSC 2015 - Gold

ageing : The Chenin Blanc’s youthful individuality and upfront fruit makes it a superb enjoyment right now. However, with careful cellaring it will gain in complexity and character.

in the vineyard : 

Uitkyk wine estate situated on the southern slope of Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch wine region, enjoys a rich history. The estate features a Georgian neoclassical double story house completed in 1788, one of only three 18th century houses left in the country. Uitkyk creates a range of discerning and accomplished wines that reflect the allure and magic of an historical estate.

Vineyards The grapes used to craft this wine came from a single vineyard situated at 250 meters above sea level and facing due north. The vines, which are 35 years old, are grafted onto nematode-resistant Richter 99 rootstocks and are grown in soils originating from decomposed granite. They are trellised on a 3 wire hedge system and received no supplementary irrigation during the growing season, thus dry land. Because these vines are so old, with age they almost became like bush vines.

The yield was only 6 tons per hectare, with the result excellent quality and complexity of the fruit. Uitkyk Estate is 600 ha big with 150 ha under vines.

Other cultivars planted on the estate are: Chardonnay, Sémillon, Chenin blanc, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Mourvédre, Petit Verdot and Pinot noir. During the 2013 vintage 1010 tons were harvested at the cellar.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested on 6 March 2013 at 23.9°B.

in the cellar : Skin contact has been allowed for 6-8 hours and only the free-run juice was used. 54% of the wine fermented naturally while the rest of the juice was inoculated with pure yeast cultures and soon afterwards 55 % of the blend was transferred to wood. After the fermentation finished the wine was left on the lees for a period of 10 months in 33% new oak and 21% second and third fill French oak barrels, while the balance stayed on the lees in a tank. No malolactic fermentation took place. During the maturation period the lees had been stirred every 2 weeks. Bottling took place in January 2014.

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