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Villiera Inspiration 2010

Villiera Inspiration 2010

Region:

Stellenbosch

Main Cultivar:

Chenin Blanc

Price Category:

R100-R125

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Tasting Notes

This botrytis infected noble late harvest Chenin Blanc has a brilliant golden appearance. It is intensely fragrant with hints of honey, raisins, marmalade and nuts penetrating the aroma. On the palate it is rich and sweet, but with sufficient acid to balance and it lingers forever.

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After winning the "Wine Magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge" in 1999, Villiera's winemakers, Jeff Grier and Anton Smal, snapped up the opportunity to visit the spiritual home of Chenin Blanc, France’s Loire Valley. Many great Chenin Blancs were discovered and enjoyed but it soon dawned upon the group that Chenin Blanc achieves perfection as a noble late harvest. As a result, Jeff and Anton were inspired to create a noble late harvest from Chenin Blanc in 2000. Since then the wine has become a regular fixture in the range. After a long sticky day crates of shriveled berries reach the cellar and are deposited into a tank press where they are pressed at low pressure overnight. After pressing, the juice is clarified by settling and then partailly fermented in a combination of new and used French Oak barrels. The normally reliable yeast tends to battle under high sugar conditions and fermentation occurs gradually until the yeast eventually decides it has had enough. In the case of the 2010 vintage this occurred when the balance between sugar and alcohol was just about perfect. The balance was further improved by a good natural acidity. Five months in barrels and tank ensured a good marriage between all the components. Finally, in August of 2010 the wine was bottled in specially produced 375 ml bottles.

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Alc%  RS    pH    TA    Free
SO2   
Total
SO2   
12.2 126 3.48 11.2