South Africa – 2016
Tasting Note: Has a rich, bright, golden yellow hue and an aromatic, complex nose of lime marmalade, guava and melon fruit, and toasty oak nuances. The palate is medium to full-bodied and rounded, packed with luscious tropical fruit flavours, a delicious mineral streak and well-integrated, nutty oak which lends a creamy texture in the mouth. Finishes soft and succulent.
Food Matching: Rich seafood dishes or perhaps with lighter game birds or poultry.
Vineyard: Sourced from established vineyards planted in 1985 and 1986 on Hutton soils (decomposed granite) and planted at a density of 3200 vines per ha. Vineyard practices include vertical hedge trellising, spur pruning to 2 buds every 12cms and supplementary drip irrigation. Hand-harvested from 31st January to 26th February, the yield was 5t/ha.
Vinification: The bunches were de-stalked and crushed, chilled and left overnight in contact with the skins before pressing, settling and racking from the gross lees into 33% new French barriques where alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation took place at about 21 degrees C. Battonage was performed once every 3 weeks during a total aging period of 11 months.
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