Spioenkop Chenin Blanc 2013
100% Chenin Blanc from Elgin.
Aspect West (W) – plantings on terraces
Altitude 270 m
Distance from the sea 11 km
Soil type rocky ferricrete / clay soils
Rootstock R110 & R 101-14
Age of the vines 5 years
Trellising cordon on steep terraces
Harvest date the 28th of February 2013
Hand-picked grapes in small 18 kg boxes, one night in the cool store (10°C) and than destemmed and slightly crushed. 4 h juice extraction/skin-contact in a red fermentor. The grape-skins were slowly pressed in our stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). After 7 days of settlement, the juice fermented at 16°C. Spontaneous fermentation and that for 40 days. 37% of the total blend, went in wood for 4 months (5% botrytis) Maturation prior to release 10 months on his nature fine lees. Bottling the 5th of February 2014.
Alcohol 13,43 %
Total acid 6,80 g/l
PH 3,29 g/l
Residual sugar 2,70 g/l
Cellaring potential 8 years
Our first 100% Elgin Chenin Blanc that can carry our Spioenkop label. Spioenkop Chenin Blanc is totally different in style in comparison with our “1900” Chenin 2013. A good example of how versatile this grape variety can be. Pale lemon straw colour with a clean nose of unexpected linear purity of fruit. We smell here pineapple, pears and kumquat citrus notes. On the palate, the layered complexity of apple, pickling spices, white citrus blossoms, grapefruit pith come through with a fine minerality. Beautifully balanced acidity and intense core. The wine is fresh, crisp and elegant with tremendous depth.