"Full bottle 1.196g. Certified Ecocert organic. Screw cap. Estate grapes, made and bottled on the Joostenberg Estate. Vines from four to 49 years old. Soils are a combination of decomposed granite and clay shale. 30 km from the ocean. 100% hand-picked. Combination of destruction and whole-bunch pressing. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless-steel tanks at 16 to 18 °C. Bottling took place after six months' maturation on the lees. RS 2.5 g/l, TA 5.3 g/l. pH 3.49.
Honeysuckle, ripe papaya; succulent even before you've brought it to your lips. Classic SA Chenin: ripe Golden Delicious apples, a wicked streak of pithy grapefruit bitterness, hints of honey and wax to come, but offering ready armfuls of ripe fruit right now. VGV at around $14 – overdelivers for the price – and widely available in the US. 16/20 points. (TC)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Fruit was sourced from two dry-farmed, Organic Chenin vineyards (38 years and 30 years old) on the Joostenberg estate and another neighboring vineyard that is farmed organically. The vineyards lie on the south western edge of the Paarl region. The climate is Mediterranean – cold, wet winters and dry summers. Soils are a combination of decomposed granite and Malmesbury shale. The grapes were all hand-picked, some were destemmed before being pressed and some were whole-bunch pressed. Natural fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks at 16 to 20 degrees Celsius. Bottling took place after 3 months maturation on the lees.