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Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013

Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013

Region:

Stellenbosch

Main Cultivar:

Chenin Blanc

Price Category:

R200-R300

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Tasting Notes

This wine epitomises the understated elegance of Chenin Blanc. Its restrained, yet complex, nose offers quince, ripe pear, orange blossoms, nettles and spice. On the palate the wine shows granadilla, pineapple and lemongrass and the cloves, nutmeg and ginger of the nose follow through against a backdrop of vibrant acidity, ending with a long spicy, limey note. The wine’s beauty lies in its lightness of touch and in the elegant way its complexity is revealed.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with Tempura prawns, grilled calamari tubes, a pear/walnut/rocket salad, roasted red pepper soup, spicy chicken wings, grilled halloumi cheese, tarragon chicken, seafood bisque or tarte tatin.

Cellaring Notes

30% of the wine was fermented and matured in 300 litre French oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 70% fermented in stainless steel to contribute a crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After 9 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 7 months before bottling. Fermentation temperature: 18-22°C

Vinification

Soil specific wine from both vertical hedge and bush vines. Three specific vineyards in Stellenbosch. Average age of 45 years or older. Soil from natural combination of Decomposed Dolomite Granite and Table Mountain Sandstone.

Technical Data

Alc%  RS    pH    TA    Free
SO2   
Total
SO2   
13.5 2.1 3.47 6.00 23 107