Variety : Chenin - South Africa (Stellenbosch) - Dry white wine - 75 cl bottle - Serve at 16-17°C
IT’S REALLY ALL ABOUT THE VINEYARDS
Chenin Blanc is regarded as the workhorse of the South African wine industry. It produces the bulk of our generic white wines. There are, however, some gems lurking amidst the flurry of Chenin blanc vineyards. Our goal is to identify these gems and allow them to be expressed in our Peacock Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc. Our Peacock Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc grapes stem from the Helderberg ward on the coastal outskirts of Stellenbosch (the home of Waterkloof). Over time, these old bushvine vineyards (20—50 years old), planted in Chenin friendly soils, have found their natural balance and it definitely shows in the wine.
A GENTLE HAND
We follow a ‘less is more’, minimal intervention winemaking philosophy for all our wines. Grapes are tasted at regular intervals to determine optimal ripeness level. Harvesting takes place by hand after which, the grapes are whole bunch pressed in a modern basket press. Clarification happens naturally over a 24 hour period, without the addition of any enzymes nor settling agents.The juice is then fermented in stainless steel, concrete eggs and also in older 600L barrels, with “wild yeasts” from the grapes, which allow for the flavours in the vineyard to be expressed in the wine. No additions of tartaric acid are necessary, due to the natural balance found in the grapes. Fermentation took roughly three months to complete and the wine was then left on the secondary lees for another month before bottling.
TASTING NOTES FROM THE GLASS OF NADIA BARNARD
Aromas of peach, lime and green apple is what I can appreciate on the nose. These elegant flavours carry through onto the palate with a lovely freshness and a long, elegant finish. Enjoy this wine with a variety of dishes, including seafood, chicken risottos and Thai cuisine.