the cool conditions continued through the harvest period with only a few
hot days in-between. From December the rainy weather abated with
the exception of a thunderstorm and heavy rain during February. The
drier weather meant healthy grapes of excellent quality delivered to the
cellar but due to the moderate growth and high wind, the berry size was
reduced allowing for a smaller crop with excellent concentration of
flavour and colour.
The fruit was sourced from 35 specially selected grape growing families in
the Robertson Valley. Vines are grown in deep cool alluvial soil that is rich
in lime and receives an annual rainfall of only 280 mm per year. Fruit was
harvested very early in the morning from the last week of February to the
middle of March. Our Chenin Blanc vines are planted on the riverbanks with
a row direction from northwest to southeast to utilize the prevailing sea
breeze. The sea breeze cools down the fruit, extends the ripening period
and builds up concentrated flavours in the grapes. The average annual
rainfall is supplemented by controlled drip irrigation from the Breede River.
Grapes were harvested between 21 ̊ - 22 ̊B from a selection of vineyards.
Gentle pressing followed by using a Pneumatic bag press to capture
the delicate fruit component. The wine was made reductively to prevent
any oxidation and to ensure that natural flavours of the grapes could be
retained. Fermentation happened slowly in temperature controlled
stainless steel tanks for 18 days at 13 ̊C.
An appealing light straw colour. Light with lovely ripe, attractive rounded
fruit. Fresh floral nose and an exciting acid balance. Enjoy now with
seafood, smoked salmon, roast chicken and pork.