RIETVALLEI CHENIN BLANC 2016

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VITICULTURE

The vineyard was planted in 1948, the third oldest vineyard of it’s kind in South Africa. The vines thrive in deep Red Karoo soil are semi-trellised and are under micro irrigation.

WINEMAKING

The grapes are harvested at night at optimum ripeness at 22.5 ºBalling (Brix). In the cellar only the free-run juice is selected and allowed to cold settle for three days. The clean juice is then racked and 25% is taken to old 300 liter French Oak barrels to ferment naturally. The other 75% ferments in stainless steel tanks with a special cultivated yeast where the fermentation temperature is controlled between 15-17 ºC. After fermentation both components are left on the primary fermentation lease for three months, stirring once a week. The wine is then racked and blended and left to mature for another month on the fine lease before fining, stabilizing and bottling.

THE WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS

This is a dry but fruity Chenin Blanc with intense aromas of dried apple, fresh citrus and a touch of oak spice. The palate is rich and creamy with a firm but balanced acidity, complemented with a lingering aftertaste that seem to last for ever.

FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION:

Pair with any seafood or poultry dishes. Great with grilled fish!! Serve chilled (7-10ºC).

WINE ANALYSIS

  • Residual Sugar: 4.3 g/l
  • Alcohol: 12.80 %
  • Acidity: 6.8 g/l
  • PH: 3.18 VA: 0.31 g/l
  • Total Extract: 26.0 g/l
  • Total SO2: 139 mg/l
  • Free SO2: 47 mg/l

PACKAGING DETAILS

  • Bottle volume: 750ml
  • Case size: 6 x 750ml
  • Pallet size: 90 x 6 x 750ml
  • Case weight: 7.67 kg
  • Closure: Stelvin (Screw-cap)
  • EAN 750ml Bottle Barcode: 6009673830789
  • EAN 6x750ml Case Barcode: 6009673830796
  • UPC 750ml Bottle Barcode (USA only): 89673300056-7
  • UPC 6x750ml Case Barcode (USA only): 89673300057-4

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