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Chenin Blanc, Rustenberg

A relatively young project, with grapes sourced from 4 different bush vine blocks, ageing between 20-35 years old, this is the Rustenberg take on a varietal synonymous with South Africa.

Aromas of pineapple and yellow pear follow through to a crisp, textured palate complemented by characters of citrus.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.8 g/L

pH

3.17

ACIDITY

6.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2019

BOTTLED DATE

July 2019

FINED USING

Isinglass & Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2019 vintage was a challenging one for the Rustenberg team. While the winter of 2018 was a welcome break from the previous four winters of drought, most vineyards had not fully recovered and produced below average yields. A warm snap in June and a wet Spring, coupled with a wetter than average Summer harvesting season made 2019 a challenge, with some late harvest thinning or multiple harvests of the same vineyard required to achieve uniformity. Early and mid-season ripening varieties performed well, all achieving flavour ripeness at lower alcohol levels, while late ripening varieties required patience and extended time on the vines, again achieving lower alcohols overall, but creating ripe, structured wines.

Vinification details

The grapes are hand picked, crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks. Using a combination of cultured yeast and wild fermentation, the wine is left on the lees for 2 months.

Awards

DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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