SAWi: GRAND GOLD
Platter Wine Guide: 4.5 Stars
The wine displays tropical fruit with a hint of pineapple, citrus and honey. The oak plays a supporting role with subtle spice. The wine is full bodied with creamy balance and good maturation potential.
The wine is full bodied with creamy balance and good maturation potential.
In The Vineyard
The barrel fermented Chenin Blanc comes from 3 blocks (2 trellised and 1 old bush vine block.)
About The Harvest
Fully ripe grapes were handpicked. A small percentage (± 1.5%) of botrytis is considered desirable and adds further complexity. Picking occurred in the mornings when conditions where cooler.
In The Cellar
In 2020 60% of the fruit was whole bunch pressed. The balance was crushed and destalked prior to ±4 hours of skin contact. After a light pressing in pneumatic bag presses the juice was settled overnight before being racked to barrels. We followed a low S0₂ regime and allowed MLF on 15% of the wine to allow early evolution. On the balance (85%), MLF was prevented to retain freshness. After natural fermentation the wine remained in barrel for 8 months with regular batonage (stirring of lees). A third of the barrels were new French oak and the balance 2nd and 3rd fill. Finally, after stabilization, the wine was bottled in October.