Protea Chenin Blanc 2016

Bright nectarine and stone fruit freshness on the nose. Crisp citrus flavour with tangy lemon vibrancy that is matched by more of the nectarine and stone fruit fleshiness in the mouth. Lively with lovely light body and a gentle persistence.

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variety : Chenin Blanc | 100% Chenin Blanc
winemaker : Mark van Buuren
wine of origin : Swartland
analysis : alc : 13.75 % vol  rs : 1.9 g/l  pH : 3.24  ta : 5.7 g/l  va : 0.46 g/l  so2 : 110 mg/l  fso2 : 34 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Light  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Ready to enjoy now.

in the vineyard : The 2016 vintage was characterized by very hot and dry conditions. Early ripening conditions saw the first fruit arrive at the cellar mid-way through January. Acid levels were slightly lower than in 2015, but fruit flavour and concentration were outstanding.

about the harvest: AVERAGE SUMMER TEMP: 18˚C RAINFALL: Average of 400mm – 600mm per annum HARVESTING BEGAN: 20/01/2016 HARVESTING ENDED: 28/01/2016 ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Swartland and Voor-Paardeberg SOIL TYPE: Decomposed granite & shale YIELD: 8t/ha

in the cellar : The grapes were hand-picked during the early morning hours at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was de-stemmed and pressed and the juice settled overnight. All parcels were kept separate and racked into fermentation with selected yeast strain cultures. The wine spent 7 months on the lees in stainless steel tanks, before being blended and bottled in October.

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