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Big Easy Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding vines from Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Perdeberg in the Western Cape.

The Big Easy Chenin is punchy and concentrated in the dry 2018 vintage. Ripe kumquat, summer melon, straw and hints of spice on the nose lead to a deep, fruity palate. It is crisp and fresh, but offers a soft and creamy mouthfeel. The fruit is ripe and easy-going, but the palate ends dry and savoury. The finish is long and nutty, maintaining notes of citrus throughout.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Louis Strydom

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2018

FINED USING

Gelatine

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2018 harvest season will be remembered as the drought season, although Ernie Els consider themselves blessed to have bountiful water on the Helderberg. They were, however, still careful with water use during the summer months leading up to harvest. The drought was buffered by a surprisingly cooler season, which allowed the vines to react gracefully to the drought with no abnormal growth patterns observed. Vine canopies were kept thin for sunlight and to further reduce the need for water. Vines’ natural instinct in drier years is to produce smaller bunches with smaller berries – usually the start of a great wine and 2018 was no different. White wines from the 2018 vintage appear to have great vintage specific concentration.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were carefully removed before grape bunches were gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The wine was settled overnight and the sediment racked-off the following day. Fermentation took place at low temperatures (12-14°C) in stainless steel tanks with a combination of yeasts, over a two week period. Working very reductively in the cellar after both crushing and de-stemming, post fermentation lees contact was maintained for two months with weekly stirring of the lees before racking and stabilisation prior to bottling. This wine is crafted in a fresh style without any oak contact.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Big Easy Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding vines from Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Perdeberg in the Western Cape.

This Big Easy is shimmering in 2017. It offers elegant ripeness and fine freshness, dominated by richly-textured, pure fruit of apricots, pineapple and Granny Smith. More classical notes of lanolin and wet earth lay underneath, adding further complexity and layers, while a hint of spice and citrus acidity brings on a long and lively finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.49

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Louis Strydom

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2017

FINED USING

Gelatine

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The winter started off late in most regions but the weather was cold enough to break dormancy. Fortunately, spring came on time and the weather conditions were ideal which led to good, even bud burst. The summer weather was warm, which restricted the growth and constituted lower bunch masses and smaller berries, dry conditions led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall. The harvest period started a week earlier than normal due to the warmer weather, but did not affect the quality of the grapes arriving at the winery. The white wines from the 2017 vintage appear astoundingly good, with great structure and good flavours.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were carefully removed before grape bunches were gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The wine was settled overnight and the sediment racked-off the following day. Fermentation took place at low temperatures (12-14°C) in stainless steel tanks with a combination of yeasts, over a two week period. Working very reductively in the cellar after both crushing and de-stemming, post fermentation lees contact was maintained for two months with weekly stirring of the lees before racking and stabilisation prior to bottling. This wine is crafted in a fresh style without any oak contact.

Awards

Michelangelo: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Big Easy Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding vines from Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Perdeberg in the Western Cape.

The 2016 Big Easy Chenin Blanc is loaded with ripe mandarin and lime on the nose, leading to notes of early spring jasmine and peaches. The tropical palate is richly textured with hints of wild herbs and Indian spice, adding complexity and good depth. It is medium-bodied and unhindered by oak giving a lively fruit structure and soft and easy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.49

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Louis Strydom

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2016

FINED USING

Gelatine

SULPHUR

Total: 125 Free: 39

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

Challenging conditions led to a reduced wine grape crop for South African producers in 2016, but grapes were healthy and concentrated flavours promise good wines. The weather was very warm, especially from the end of October towards the end of January, which restricted the growth and constituted lower bunch masses and smaller berries. However, the dry conditions led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall. Spring came on time and the weather conditions were ideal which led to good, even bud burst. The harvest period started a week early due to the warmer weather and it ended about two weeks earlier.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were carefully removed before grape bunches were gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The wine was settled overnight and the sediment racked-off the following day. Fermentation took place at low temperatures (12-14°C) in stainless steel tanks with a combination of yeasts, over a two week period. Working very reductively in the cellar after both crushing and de-stemming, post fermentation lees contact was maintained for two months with weekly stirring of the lees before racking and stabilisation prior to bottling. This wine is crafted in a fresh style without any oak contact.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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The palate is crisp and fresh with lime and orange zest, a taut line of acidity and a satisfying, lightly spiced finish [...] nicely made and nicely priced!

eRobertParker.com

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Big Easy Chenin Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding vines from Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Perdeberg in the Western Cape.

This Big Easy White is 100% Chenin Blanc and shows the beautiful, pure-fruited and charming 2015 vintage. Dominated by citrus in its youth, the nose offers complexity with peaches, strawberries and fresh cream. A sprinkle of spice and slight peppery edge contrasts the soft, creamy mouthfeel, while nutty and mineral notes gather further complexity. Medium bodied and stylish, the palate ends with a long, dry and discreetly fruity finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.37

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Louis Strydom

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

FINED USING

Gelatine

SULPHUR

Total: 141 Free: 48

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

The 2015 vintage will be remembered as one of the driest and earliest in years, with a somewhat smaller wine grape harvest promising exceptional wines. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather also led to one of the healthiest seasons in years, with almost no losses due to diseases or rot. With the absence of the usual heat waves in most regions, cooler than usual weather in February was ideal for ripening and harvesting. Lower temperatures at night during this time contributed towards good flavour development in the white wines. Although somewhat smaller, this was one of the best, if not the best, harvests in years.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of early morning. On the sorting table, all excess stalks and inferior berries were carefully removed. Grape bunches were gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The wine was settled overnight and the sediment racked-off the following day. Fermentation took place at low temperatures (12-14°C) in stainless steel tanks with a combination of yeasts, over a two week period. Working very reductively in the cellar after both crushing and de-stemming, post fermentation lees contact was maintained for two months with weekly stirring of the lees before racking and stabilisation prior to bottling. This wine is crafted in a fresh style without any oak component.

Awards

IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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