Raats - Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013Stellenbosch White Wine
Honeyed pear / butterscotch and citrus flavours complemented by a firm minerality and spicy edge. Sourced from old vines from three vineyards. Characterised by their complex soils. Rich, intense, yet elegant and delicate on the palate. Profound wine that changes perspective.
This wine will mature well over the next 5 - 8 years (2014 to 2017).
100% Chenin Blanc.
Pairs well with a variety of foods, but we recommend oysters, game fish and Duck L'Orange particularly.
Soil specific wine from both vertical hedge and bush vines. Three specific vineyards in Stellenbosch. Average age of 40 years or older. Soil from natural combination of Decomposed Granite and Table Mountain Sandstone.
Hand-picked at optimal ripeness in mid-February 2009. Yield approximately 6 - 8 tons per ha.
20% of the wine is fermented and matured in 300 litre French Oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 80% fermented in stainless steel to accentuate the crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After 9 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 7 months before bottling. Fermentation Temperature: 18 - 22 degrees C.
20% of the wine is fermented and matured in 300 litre French Oak barrels. 80% fermented in stainless steel tanks.