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Kanu Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest (half-bottle) 2001

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      Winemaker Notes

      The grapes were handpicked in the early morning from selected bush vines. The vineyards are situated in the prime Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch. The word koel is the Afrikaans word for cool and best describes how the area benefits from gentle sea breezes in the summer months. Dedicated vineyard management and the careful timing of harvest ensured the fortuitous development of Botrytis cinerea resulting in high natural sugar and concentrated acid levels. Botrytis cinerea (noble rot) is a fungus that attacks the grapes under certain conditions of temperature and humidity. Botrytis growth extracts moisture from the grapes, causing them to raisin. The grapes were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight at 8°C. It was then inoculated with a selected yeast culture and underwent fermentation in new 225-l French barriques; it was matured for a further 12 months.

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      Wine Spectator
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      Kanu, South Africa
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      The vineyards and cellar of Kanu wines are located on the Goedgeloof (HOOT-ha-loof) farm, nestled in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch. The property once formed a part of the original Spier Wine Estate, granted to a German soldier by Cape governor Simon van der Stel in 1692. According to a veteran farm hand on Goedgeloof, Kanu was a mythical bird of promise. The creature’s appearance in the African skies signaled the blessings of a bountiful harvest for all those who fell under its shadow. The wines of Kanu celebrate this traditional African legend.

      Recognized globally as a producer of world class Chenin Blanc, Kanu was one of only three estates to be awarded inaugural "Super Chenin" status by the South African Chenin Blanc Association, an honor granted to producers who have demonstrated a track record of consistently outstanding bottlings. Kanu’s Chenins are crafted from the fruit of bush vines with an average age of 30 years, planted predominantly on decomposed Malmesbury shale soils.

      Today the Kanu tradition of excellence continues under Cellarmaster Richard Kershaw. A proponent of minimal intervention winemaking, Kershaw employs natural "wild" fermentations. He seeks to craft balanced and approachable wines with moderate alcohol levels and minimal oak influence, allowing the true flavors of the wine to shine through. This winning formula has resulted in consistent critical praise and "Best Buy"/"Best Value" accolades.

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      CVI825468_2001 Item# 61434