Vondeling - Babiana 2013Hand Picked
Country of OriginSouth Africa
- BodyFull Bodied
- Food MatchMild Asian Dishes
- Grape TypeViognier
- Style of White WineFull & Oaky
- Sweetness of wineDry
- WinemakerMatthew Copeland
Vineyards: The Chenin Blanc grapes originate from a 30-year-old vineyard, aptly named The Graveyard in respect to the historic family graveyard it encloses. The vines naturally yield no more than 5 tons/ha. This ensures consistent quality and concentration, which is the reason it forms the backbone of our blend. Chenin Blanc and Viognier are favourites for white blends in the Voor Paardeberg. The fullness of the Chenin Blanc and the structure and aroma of the Viognier is tempered by a strong mineral character typical of our granite soils. The Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc lend vigour and freshness to the blend.
All grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning. They are then chilled in a cold room and processed the following day. The grapes are not crushed, but are whole-bunch pressed straight to barrel. No sulphur or yeast is added to the juice and fermentation is 100% natural.
Although a nerve-racking process, this method lends structure, palate weight and complexity to the wine. Each component is fermented separately and will undergo a limited amount of malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured on the lees for 7 months before being racked and blended. The final blend is then returned to barrel for a further 4 months of maturation.