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2016 Radford Dale The Rennaissance Chenin Blanc

Stellenbosch

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Our Price: $36.99 / bottle (RRP: $45.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'As devotees of true character and finesse often swim upstream against the populous tide, a fresh generation of Chenin producers is bringing to the surface some of the most interesting, bright, mineral and idiosyncratic wines of the Cape.'
Radford Dale

  • The Radford Dale Philosophy brings together the natural qualities of the geology & climate of the Cape of Good Hope with the experience & passion of a team of friends, from the Old World & the New. Together they make some of the finest, rarest & most individual wines of this incredible region

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the free-run juice settled for two days before being poured into barrel. Fermentation was carried out entirely in old oak barrel (using only natural ambient yeast) for 8 – 10 weeks under cool conditions (fermentation peaking at about 18°). Malolactic fermentation was inhibited by the cold. The wine was kept on its primary lees throughout maturation, racked out of barrel after about 9 months, assembled and then settled for a month. This wine was bottled slightly earlier than previous vintages, because it reached its full potential with regards to barrel maturation a little earlier than other years.

    TASTING NOTES

    An extraordinarily complex nose of flowers, hay, citrus, peach and spice. Excellent fruit concentration, weight and texture – seems more forceful than its 12.5% alcohol would suggest. Layers of flavour and great length. The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc is all about subtlety and finesse. It is driven by its citrus fruit spectrum and has a wonderful refreshing saltiness.

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