Zonnebloem Noble Late Harvest 1996

Although its nose is shy and its flavours delicate rather than overridingly sweet, it has a complexity of flavours that are readily apparent. If left to age further, this wines golden hues will darken to assume a coppery, brandy-coloured tinge. Its fruity, citrusy flavours will give way to a stronger honeyed character.

variety : Chenin Blanc | Chenin Blanc
winery : Zonnebloem Wines
winemaker : Rasvan Macici
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 11.6 % vol  rs : 93.0 g/l  pH : 3.8  ta : 6.1 g/l  

ageing : 20 years if matured under the right conditions.

in the vineyard : Noble late harvest wines, renowned for their lusciuos honeyed flavours, can only be made when climatic conditions occur that are favourable to the incidence of noble rot (Botrytis cinerea). The grapes for the 1996 Zonnebloem Noble late Harvest were made from a single vineyard stock in the Stellenbosch region, where virtually 40% of the crop was affected by the fungus.

in the cellar : After picking, the grapes were placed in a tank press and allowed to swell overnight. Left on the skins for 6 hours, the free-run juice was cooled before fermentation. Racking, clarification and filtering followed, with the wine left to mature for nearly 3 years in the bottle, allowing its luscious taste to intensify.

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