Villiera Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2020

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Jeff Grier
Main Variety - Chenin Blanc
Alcohol - 13.98 %vol
pH - 3.41
RS - 5.5 g/l
Total Acid - 6.84 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - White
Style - Dry
Body - Full
Taste - Fruity


Platter Wine Guide: 4.5 Stars

Tasting Notes

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.

Ageing Potential

The wine is full bodied with creamy balance and good maturation potential.

Blend Information

100% Chenin Blanc

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.

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Tel: +27.218652002 Fax: +27.218652314 Email: Cnr R101 & R304, Koelenhof, P.O. Box 66 , Stellenbosch, 7605, South Africa

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