Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

 

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6 bottle(s) at £20.75 per bottle.
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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

Aromas of citrus, quince, green melon and savoury notes on the nose with layers of pear and honeysuckle on the palate. Elegant fruit and integrated French oak flavours give this wine a silky mouthfeel and a long, fresh, mineral finish. Enjoy now or mature up to 15 years at optimum storage conditions.

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

Aromas of citrus, quince, green melon and savoury notes on
the nose with layers of pear and honeysuckle on the palate.
Elegant fruit and integrated French oak flavours give this
wine a silky mouthfeel and a long, fresh, mineral finish. Enjoy
now or mature up to 15 years at optimum storage conditions.
Vineyard
The Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017 was crafted from
three different wards and soils (Decomposed Granite,
Oakleaf and Duplex) in Stellenbosch, each contributing to the
complexity of this wine. These vineyards are all over 40 years
old and unirrigated bush vines. The canopy of the bush vines
were suckered and tipped to ensure a cool micro climate
around the grapes with no direct sun and without
botrytis.The 2017 vintage was in the middle of a very long
drought, but these old vineyards with its well established
roots looked better than ever.
Winemaking
The grapes were picked separately between 22 and 24°
balling, reductively crushed and the juice was given 12 -18
hours skin contact prior to settling. After only 1 day settling,
we racked the cloudy juice (120ntu) to tank where it got
inoculated with selected wine yeast strain. The juice was then gravity fed into 400l French oak
barrels for fermentation. We only used 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels to protect the delicate Chenin
Blanc fruit. The wine spent an extra 8 months in barrel before we blended the components. There
was no fining or filtration before bottling.
Vintages
Much like the 2016 vintage, 2017 was characterised by a dry winter and a dry growing season.
Kleine Zalze had however planned for this and managed their vineyards carefully to ensure that
they didn't experience any extreme water stress. They experienced a fairly persistent wind during
the latter flowering period and the yields were lower than normal. The harvest started very early
on the 11th of January and was expected to be a challenging vintage (similar to 2016). In spite of
this, very moderate midsummer temperatures and cooler than normal night temperatures
provided excellent ripening conditions.
Food match
Grilled and Roasted White Meats
Perfect with fish dishes

Grapes
100% Chenin Blanc
Region/Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol by volume
13.5%
Residual Sugar
3.6 g/l
pH
3.49
Total Acidity
6.20 g/l

More Information
Bottles Per Case 6
Vintage 2017
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