Cloof Chenin Blanc 2002

This years Chenin Blanc saw a change in production. As the grapes were very healthy and picked at an earlier stage I did not give any skin contact as I wanted to avoid any raisin character. The wine has a very pale colour and an explosive nose of tropical fruit. The crisp acidity makes this wine the ideal partner for sundowners and seafood platters.


variety : Chenin Blanc [ Chenin Blanc ]
winery : Cloof Estate
winemaker : Christopher van Dieren
wine of origin : Groenekloof
analysis : alc : 12.88 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.60  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : White  

in the vineyard : Age of vines: 1984
Trellising: Bush vine
Irrigation: none
Soil: Decomposed granite and Oakleaf
Position: East Facing slope

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested on the 28th January 2002 between 22.5 and 23.5º Balling.
Yield: 2.65 Ton/Ha

in the cellar : No skin contact. Direct pressing yielding 500 l/Ton. Settling over a two-day period at 7ºC. Inoculation with culture yeast after racking. Fermentation at 13ºC for 3 weeks.

The wine was racked after fermentation and kept on fine lees for a further 3 month’s. After this period the wine received it’s bentonite fining and was filtered prior to bottling.
Bottling date: June 19, 2002

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