Asara Spirit of Chenin 1998

Attractive yellow golden colour. Aromas of creamy vanilla, ripe peaches and subtle toasted macadamia. On the palate the peachy varietal flavour is surrounded by spicy cloves and cinnamon that ends with a soft lime tang. Good fruit acidity and elegant understated sweetness for a lingering back palate.

variety : Chenin Blanc [ 100% Chenin Blanc ]
winemaker : Jan Van Rooyen
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 17.0 % vol  rs : 132.2 g/l  pH : 3.04  ta : 6.2 g/l  
type : Fortified   wooded
pack : Bottle  

John Platter 2005 - 3 Stars
Gold Medal - Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2004
Silver - Veritas Awards 2003
Grand Prix D'Honnours - Grand Prix Degustation Hamburg 2002
John Platter 2003 - 3.5 Stars
in the vineyard : Age: 11 y.o.
Clone: KWV
Rootstock: Richter 99
Soil Type: Oakleaf red brown
Trellising: Extended double Perold
Plant Spacing: 1m by 2.7m

about the harvest: The grapes come from a vineyard that is south-south-east facing, with a row direction that is north-north-east to south-south-west. Analysis at harvest showed a sugar content of 25 ยบ Balling, with an acidity of 7.8 g/l and a 3.30 pH.

in the cellar : Grapes were cooled and sulphited before crushing. After a short period of fermentation, the wine was fortified with rebate brandy spirit and racked to new French oak barrels for 18 months. Subsequent to barrel maturation, the wine was racked, stabilised and given a light filtration before bottling. The sugar content is elegant and dry rather than over-sweetened.
Bottling date was 15 June 2001

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