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Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

Buitenverwachting is a beautiful farm on the east-facing slopes of the magnificent Constantiaberg and barely 12km from False Bay. It originally formed part of the Constantia Estate, which was founded by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the new Dutch colony at the tip of Africa. Rooted in deep, decomposed granite soils and cooled by the temperate sea breezes from the surrounding oceans, Buitenverwachting wines are an expression of this unique climate. The slow ripening climatic conditions with cold nights and modest day time temperatures translate into fresh, crisp and full bodied wines.

Specialising in Sauvignon Blanc, the Constantia climate allows winemaker Brad Paton in conjunction with Viticulturist Peter Reynolds to ripen out all the under ripe green flavours. Most of the sites develop a unique “yellow” fruit flavours, such as melons, passion fruit, yellow apple and gooseberries.

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

To see an information sheet and tasting note for this wine that has been produced by the team at Buitenverwachting, please click on the blue link below.

Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - fiche technique

£11.60

Creation Reserve Chardonnay 2017 (1x 75cl)

When in 2002 Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin took up the challenge of establishing a winery in a remote corner of the Walker Bay Wine Region, they did so with the courage of their conviction. The 40 hectares of undulating land on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge had never been planted to vines before, but recognising the vast potential, they set out with tenacity and determination to transform it into a model wine farm. No easy feat, but then the Swiss-born JC and South African-born Carolyn both come from wine pioneering families, spanning at least three generations and two continents!

Inspired by nature and meticulously crafted by cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin, Creation Reserve Chardonnay is the ultimate expression of its terroir and indeed an exquisite and multifaceted artwork in its own right. In line with his belief that quality wines are dependent on quality vines, Jean-Claude maintains a hands-on relationship with his vineyards, monitoring the development of the grapes and making decisions according to the performance of each vineyard block. His patience and dedication find their reward in the harvest which is done by hand according to the ‘triage’ method of hand selection in the vineyard. To acknowledge the role Mother Nature plays in their success, Creation is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and is committed to conserving their natural heritage by implementing long-term biodiversity as well as sustainability programmes.

Creation wines are meticulously cultivated in the vineyard, gently handled in the cellar and widely acclaimed for reflecting the distinctive terroir.

The wine undergoes a barrel fermentation at the controlled temperature of 18°C. This is accompanied by a fortnightly bâtonnage. The wine is then aged in barrel for 10 months – 40% new and 60% second fill. Their modern cellar features state-of-the-art equipment imported from Germany, Switzerland and France. Ranging from a pneumatic punch-down system to stainless steel tanks with built-in cooling and heating systems, they truly believe that Creation's vinification facilities are worthy of the superb grapes harvested on the farm.

Grown in a single vineyard, the Creation Reserve Chardonnay has a presence all its own – and what a presence! Vibrant aromas of fresh grapefruit and fragrant apple mingle with a hint of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon. These are echoed on the clean and pure palate where buttery nuances are beautifully balanced by the characteristic Creation minerality.

To see a presentation with phenomenal photographs about Creation Wines and their ethos, created by their team in South Africa, please click on the link below.

Creation Wines - creating wines of distinction

£29.40

De Wetshof Estate Bateleur Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2019 edition's Spurrier's Fine Wine World (see blue link below).

De Wetshof Estate Bateleur Chardonnay 2016 - March 2019 Decanter review

The name De Wetshof has been synonymous with the production of fine wines in South Africa since the 1970’s. As the first registered wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley, De Wetshof has become known internationally as South Africa’s eminent Chardonnay House due to the pioneering role it played in introducing this noble Burgundian grape to the country. The De Wet family’s winemaking heritage can, however, be traced back to 1694 when the first De Wets arrived at the Cape and immediately made a mark on the South African wine industry. Today, De Wetshof is one of the few third generation wine estates in South Africa. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellarmaster, is assisted by sons Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker). 

This wine is a reflection of Danie de Wet`s personal taste combining great depth and length of flavour with elegance and finesse. An in depth knowledge of his specific vineyard plots allows him, in conjunction with barrel selection, to craft one of the best Chardonnays made in South Africa. Full spectrum of Chardonnay flavours explode in the mouth, with tropical and stone fruit flavours tempered with fresh zingy lime acidity and a creamy textured finish.

To see more detailed information on this wine from De Wetshof themselves, please click on the blue link below.

De Wetshof Estate Bataleur Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

£29.35

Gabrielskloof Elodie Chenin Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Old-vine South Africa.

Gabrielskloof Elodie 2015 - December 2017 Decanter review

Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. After planting, his first vintage was in 2009. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list because Peter-Allan Finlayson, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. The farm has 300 hectares, with 68 hectares planted to vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.

The two vineryards used to make this wine are situated in the Paardeberg region of the Swartland. Both are estimated to be over 35 years old. They are dryland bush vine vineyards and have never been irrigated. These vineyards are very labour intensive to farm and, as a result of the arid conditions, yield little fruit (between one and three tonnes per hecatre). South Africa is the only New World country that has significant plantings of old-vine Chenin Blanc and Elodie is an expression of what can be made from this national treasure.

A dry, hot season resulted in an above-average yield which was expected due to the second consecutive very dry season. However, cooler nights throughout the growing season and the absence of significant heatwaves during harvest time buffered the effect of the dry conditions to some extent. The vines were healthy and produced concentrated small grapes, which resulted in wines with good acidity.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed with no additions. After an overnight rough settling in tank, the juice was transfered to 400 and 500 litre old French oak barrels, followed by fermentation with wild yeasts only. The wine remained in oak for nine months before bottling.

The 2017 Elodie is light and pale in colour with a golden straw hue. On the nose, subtle aromas of citrus pith and white floral notes settle into layers of almond, dried pineapple and lanolin. The palate is restrained with a viscous, waxy mouthfeel and great natural acidity and freshness typical of old vine Chenin.

£21.05

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2018 (1x75cl)

One of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea – Hamilton Russell has pioneered viticulture and winemaking in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the finest in the New World.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Hamilton Russell on this, their 2018 Chardonnay.

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2018 - fiche technique

A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.

£26.55

Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2018 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Chenin Blanc Reserve from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

The 2017 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in February 2019 article, "10 top South African wines worth seeking out".

Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2017 - August 2018 Decanter review

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

This is the Forrester mid-rank (a term which does it no justice), Reserve-level Chenin: it's amazing value from the King of Chenin.

Hand harvested, with careful selection from low trellis and old bush vines.

Barrel and tank fermented and left on the lees (9 months in French oak, 20% of which was new) and matured on secondary lees for a rounded complexity.

Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals.

See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

£12.35

Ken Forrester Petit Chenin 2018 (1x75cl)

Click here for a (very) short video on - and tasting note for - the Petit Chenin from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Ken.

Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2018 - fiche technique

This is a youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours.  There is real freshness showing on the palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and appetisingly tangy finish.

£9.80

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2018 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Chenin Blanc Reserve from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

The 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition review of South African Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester FMC Chenin 2014 - Nov 2016 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition expert review of South African old-vine Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2016 - August 2018 Decanter review

The pinnacle of what Ken considers to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal, an icon Chenin and a challenge to the world! Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Ken.

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2018 - fiche technique

Residual sugar = 7.6 g/litre, so on the margin between dry and off-dry; as The FMC always is!

We at Exel like this because it's amazing. Full stop, period, end of. See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

£28.60

Lismore Estate Cape South Coast Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

Decanter (www.decanter.com) said of the 2014 vintage, "If you are after textbook Sauvignon Blanc, then move away. This unique style is complex with notes of ripe peach and sweet spice. Unusual petrol notes emerge on the richly textured palate. The complexity and well-integrated oak and the mineral undertones make this wine highly distinctive, and a real gem".

Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

The 2017 vintage saw hot, dry weather conditions throughout the vintage, which helped to reduce disease pressure. However the cooler nights helped to lengthen the ripening period and retain balancing acidity. The vines were healthy and produced smaller yields of concentrated berries delivering excellent varietal characteristics.

The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore's 12.5-hectare vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. The soils are made up of deep, decomposed shale. The aspect which faces away from the afternoon sun, combined with a generally low mean February temperature, allows an extended ripening period that can result in a harvest three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc is a variety that expresses a very distinct and specific sense of place or terroir. The distinct minerality of this Sauvignon Blanc is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.

The wine was made in an 'oxidative' style. The must was barrel-fermented in older 300-litre barrels to bring forward richness and additional complexity. The wine was given extended less contact with occasional bâtonnage, to contribute further to the rounder mouth feel and creaminess of this elegantly textured wine. The wine was aged for nine months. The bracing acidity that is customary in New World Sauvignon Blancs has been brought into balance with a carefully chosen pick date and the barrel fermentation, creating a full-bodied, balanced wine.

Grape Sauvignon Blanc 100%

This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is a full bodied, elegant and beautifully balanced wine. Floral notes of passion flower, fynbos and granadilla, combine with guava, gooseberry and pear on the palate along with an underlying minerality, imparting its signature style. A true expression of this unique terroir and its equally unique winemaker.

This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

£19.25

Lismore Estate Greyton Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of South African Chardonnay (see blue link below).

Lismore Greyton 2014 - April 2017 Decanter review

Samantha O'Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

A very wet spring was followed by a generally cool, wet growing season that resulted in a late-running harvest. The whites were harvested under good conditions.

The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore is the only registered wine estate in the Greyton ward. Greyton is a designated ward, in recognition of the unique expression of terroir in the wines that are produced there. The Lismore Estate has a total of 12.5 hectares of vineyard, planted on slopes at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period, which is approximately three to four weeks later than the more traditional wine growing areas in the Western Cape.

The grapes were whole-bunched-pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in older French barrels of 225 to 300 litres. The wine went through regular "bâtonnage" (or stirring of the lees), which imparted texture and weight. Winemaker Samantha O'Keefe did not allow malolactic fermentation to take place and as a result the wine has a fresh acidity.

A complex, expressive bouquet with touches of smoke and walnut infusing the citrus fruit and a hint of toffee just underneath. The palate is lively and ripe on the entry with apricot, mandarin, orange zest and white peach. It is long in the mouth with a fine, walnut inspired finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£22.20

Lismore Estate Greyton Reserve Chardonnay 2017 (1x75cl)

Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

The 2017 vintage was a balanced year in Greyton. Warm dry weather conditions throughout the vintage helped to reduce disease pressure. However the cooler nights helped to lengthen the ripening period and retain balancing acidity. Sufficient rainfall ensured the vines were healthy and harvest period was dry. 2017 produced smaller yields of concentrated berries delivering excellent varietal characteristics.

Having pioneered a new extreme cool climate region in South Africa, Samantha chose to release an Estate Reserve range to illustrate what the vineyards are capable of. The wines are produced from very low yielding vines and taste like no others grown in South Africa. The vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. The vines are grown in decomposed shale over clay soils and are dry farmed, which contributes to the deep concentration in the wine. Low mean temperatures during February contribute to an extended ripening period, resulting in a harvest period which can be three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. The intense citrus notes and the lingering finish are consistent trademarks of Lismore's specific terroir. The distinctive minerality of this Chardonnay is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 600 litres per tonne. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and then racked into 500 litre Burgundian barrels of which 35% is new, for spontaneous and natural fermentation and 11 months’ maturation. Balance was the key to this wine.

This wine is made using 100% Chardonnay.

A stunning example of a restrained, cool climate Chardonnay. Intense citrus aromas and classic soft fruits, jasmine and walnut are layered with honey and vanilla notes. The palate is beautifully balanced with a refreshing, crisp acidity and a distinct minerality. Concentrated and refined, with a crisp, clean citrus finish. Delicious with poached chicken in a creamy white wine sauce.

£32.70

Lismore Estate The Age of Grace Cape South Coast Viognier 2018 (1x75cl)

Samantha O'Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

While 2016 presented the third year of drought for most regions of South Africa, the Overberg received sufficient rainfall to produce a harvest with average yields and an above average quality. The Greyton region saw a long ripening season with very little stress in the vineyards, resulting in excellent quality fruit.

This Viognier is a reflection of Samantha's obsession with how the special soil, climate and a mysterious sense of place come together to produce an extraordinary wine that tells you its story. The vines are grown on rose-quartz soils in Elgin, which is a cool, high altitude plateau. The region offers a lengthened ripening period which brings the grapes late into season - often three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing areas in South Africa. This provides the opportunity to develop deep complexity and concentration.

The grapes were picked and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 550 litres per tonne. The juice was settled for 48 hours and was racked into 225 litre Burgundian barrels, which had been used previously, for barrel fermentation and maturation. The wine was left on the lees for nine months with regular "bâttonage" or lees stirring, for the first two months. Balance is the key to this wine. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal, it benefits from barrel maturation and lees contact with a fuller mouth feel and increased texture. This, combined with the firm acid backbone and intense fruit will allow this wine to integrate beautifully and gain further complexity over the next three to five years.

This expressive Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. A sensual and exotic experience.

Serve with Asian inspired cuisine; lamb tagines with apricots; or rich shellfish dishes such as seared scallops or grilled lobster.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£19.20

Mooiplaas - The Mercia Collection - "Houmoed" Chenin Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve is situated among the majestic mountains and fertile valleys in the Stellenbosch Winelands, approximately 40km east of Cape Town. Mooiplaas is a historic and traditional working wine farm. The vineyards lie on steep slopes of ancient mineral-rich soils in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch, overlooking Cape Town.

Mooiplaas Wine Estate & Private Nature Reserve uses an environmentally friendly and biodiversity approach to produce premium quality grapes each year. With the advantage of growing up on the farm and farming since 1980, their viticulturist, Tielman Roos, knows every intimate detail of the estate and the terroir.

"We believe that wine should be authentic, elegant, well balanced and structured while showing its vibrance and fullness of flavour. It must add joy to life!"

This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine that has been produced by the team at Mooiplaas, please click on the blue link below.

Mooiplaas Houmoed Chenin Blanc 2015 - fiche technique

£15.40

Newton Johnson Southend Chardonnay 2013 (1x75cl)

Newton Johnson Vineyards is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. The farm is based in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near the seaside town of Hermanus, an hour and a half’s drive out of Cape Town. Led by Dave, a Cape Wine Master with a thesis on Pinot Noir, and his wife, Felicity (nee Newton), the Newton Johnson family moved to the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in 1995, built a cellar and started planting vines shortly thereafter. This enthusiasm for wine was passed on to and eagerly adopted by his sons, Bevan and Gordon. They in turn have taken this family cellar and vineyard to new heights.

On buying the farm in 2001, it was virgin land. The soil was untainted by synthetic fertilizers and herbicides that deplete its health. Newton Johnson (NJ) undertook to limit their impact, create biodiversity, and ensure ongoing vitality. A priority was to plant superior vine material, free from the historically debilitating leafroll virus, through which they went to considerable lengths. A project to protect the spread of this disease in to our vines continues year on year. They practice various methods of vine training, including Cordon, Guyot, Echalas, and Goblet (bushvine) according to the three main levels of slope and the varieties planted there. Rain is plentiful in the winter and spring (850mm per annum) and the vines require little or no irrigation.

The vineyards lie in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation at an altitude of 150-300m in the sole emergence of igneous granite in the Southern Cape. NJ believe that granite provides the linear and perfumed characters in their wines.

The Southend vineyard lies directly opposite the Newton Johnson farm in the valley, a notably cooler slope with slower ripening. It produces wines with compact structure, cool fruit flavours and vibrant, lengthy acidity. For the Southend Chardonnay, the oak is toned down to further define this classy parcel among the other elegant Chardonnays of the appellation.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at NJ on this, the Southend Chardonnay 2013.

Newton Johnson Southend Chardonnay 2013 - fiche technique

More Chablis than Meursault and ageing gracefully in the same way. Pinpoint freshness as if the winter chill still clings to these slopes. Bracing lemon blossom tussling between tangy and sweet greets the nose. Slightly green limes and crisp pineapple makes up the body of the aroma, framed by the luxuriance of beeswax and a splattering of spice, as if from the sunshine. The sparkle of the fruit sets a course straight through the middle of the palate, cushioned by the fluffy, creamy texture in the rest of the mouth. The acidity engages and supports the flavour, leaving only dryness in the finish.

£14.95

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

Established in 1692, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a fascinating history and a legacy that the owners never take for granted. Today the farm has a modern, conscious energy. Spier is one of 39 WWF Conservation Champions, is organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria. Spier is still family run. It’s owned and managed by the family who bought the farm in 1993. Spier has a passion for the environment and for supporting the community, buying from and supporting local producers.

100% Chenin Blanc.

Grapes were hand harvested from selected vineyard blocks that vary from bush vine to trellised vines. Grapes received at the cellar were de-stemmed, slightly crushed before pressing and given brief skin contact. Free run juice settled in the tanks overnight and the following morning, the clear settled juice, of the individual block selections (some kept separate and some blended) were racked from their lees and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermentation is temperature controlled. Only the best tanks are selected for the final preparation of the blend according to the style of the wine. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for another three months to give extra body and elegance, prior preparation for bottling. The wine was not oaked.

Pale gold colour with fresh lime green flashes around the edge. Tastes of green-apple, ripe white-fleshed nectarine. Fresh, zippy, ripe fruited, sliced pear, undertow of honey with a limesquirt ending.

£9.10
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