Villiera Inspiration 2010

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Jeff Grier
Main Variety - Chenin Blanc
Alcohol - 12.2 %vol
pH - 3.48
RS - 126 g/l
Total Acid - 11.2 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch

Characteristics

Type - Dessert
Style - Sweet
Taste - Mineral


Accolades

Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver Medal
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles - Silver Medal
John Platter Wine Guide - 4½ Stars
2011 International Wine and Spirits Competion (UK) - Silver
2012 Veritas Awards - Gold Medal

Tasting Notes

This botrytis infected noble late harvest is a blend of Chenin Blanc and Riesling and has a brilliant golden, tawny 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.

Blend Information

60% Chenin Blanc, 40% Riesling

About The Harvest

Late in the harvest, trained pickers hand select the botrytis infected berries exclusively. After a long sticky day crates of shrivelled berries reach the cellar. This is only possible in years where the conditions are suitable.

In The Cellar

The juice is separated from the berries by extended pressing in a tank press at low pressure. After pressing, the juice was clarified by settling and the Chenin component fermented in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. The Riesling fermented in a stainless steel tank. Under high sugar conditions, the yeast begins to struggle when the alcohol is 12 %. At that stage a good balance is usually achieved with concentrated acid helping to balance the high residual sugar. After 5 months the barrel fermented Chenin was blended with the Riesling and bottled in half bottles.

Additional Information

After visiting the Loire Valley, the spiritual home of Chenin, in 1999, Jeff Grier discovered that Chenin reaches perfection as a noble late harvest. This was the inspiration to create a noble late harvest in 2000. It has since become a regular feature of the Villiera range.


Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Villiera Inspiration 2010 Jeff Grier Chenin Blanc
Villiera Inspiration 2006 Jeff Grier Chenin Blanc
Villiera Inspiration 2005 Jeff Grier Chenin Blanc
Villiera Inspiration 2003 Jeff Grier, Anton Smal Chenin Blanc
Villiera Inspiration 2001 Jeff Grier, Anton Smal Chenin Blanc
Villiera Inspiration 2000 Jeff Grier, Anton Smal Chenin Blanc


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