The grapes were lightly crushed and the juice allowed to settle overnight at 12° C. The following day the grapes were pressed and settled on the lees for 2 days at 4° C. The juice was then decanted into mainly new 225 litre French barriques to undergo fermentation. The wine matured for 19 months before a very light fining, filtration and bottling.
Wood ageing: 19 months in 82% new and 18% in 2nd fill French oak barriques.
Although drinking superbly now, it will continue to develop further in the bottle over the next 5 to 10 years.
95% Chenin Blanc 5% Sauvignon Blanc
Deep yellow-gold color. A bouquet of apricots, pineapple, pear, honey and almonds. The sunshine flavours unfold delightfully on the palate with a full, rich mouth-feel.
"Rich and showy, with lots of orange marmalade, dried apricot and peach, spice and maple notes. Juicy and unctuous through the sweet but fresh finish. Very tasty. Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. "
"Deep gold color. Liqueur-like aromas of dried apricot, honey and damp earth. Almost shockingly bright on the palate, with lively acids framing the intense flavors of orange peel, pineapple, beeswax and honey. The balance of 9.9 grams of acidity and 175 g/l r.s. is exhilarating. This rich and deep botrytis wine boasts excellent structure and cut, not to mention length, but I'd wait a year for the finish to mellow. "
International Wine Cellar