Certified organic, this naturally fermented Chenin is just off dry, it has notes of fresh straw, honey, pineapple and stone white fruit, with understated oak and a hint of almond paste. A long mineral finish.
Longridge Chenin Blanc
CURRENT VINTAGE 2016
Rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world, it is made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This vineyard enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool air at night flowing down the mountain, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good natural acidity. The macro climate is maritime, with cold wet winters and sunny warm summers, with the Helderberg Ward being the coolest in the Stellenbosch region.
The vineyards are meticulously cared for by hand. The crop is reduced to ensure maximum quality. Organic and biodynamic practices are employed by not using any pesticides, herbicides or chemical spray. 100% estate grown.
Grapes were whole bunch pressed and the wine was made in a very natural way with no commercial yeast, enzymes or fining agents being used. Fermentation lasted 10-14 days in French oak barrels with regular battonage before racking. It is not filtered or cold stabilized and may therefore in time show harmless sediment. The wine was aged for 11 months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels. The wine can be enjoyed now, but will improve over the next 5 years.
Winemaker – Jasper Raats & Hendrien de Munck
Alc: 13.88% ; RS: 4.5 g/l ; TA: 5.9 g/l ; pH: 3.27