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Riebeeksrivier Caroline

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WLCOGHCAR15

R 280

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2015


Cultivar:

Chenin Blanc

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

14.00% alc vol Sugar g/l: N/A
Type: White Wine, White Blend Cellaring Potential: 5 - 10 years
Origin: Swartland Appellation: Swartland

Tasting Notes:

Delicate orange blossom oral notes overlay more distinctive creamy citrus peel on the nose. Ripe honeyed peaches drenched in cream, but the palate is not big and bold. It’s rened and elegant. A zesty lemon pith note keeps it fresh and lively. Delightful integration of oak and fruit, utterly seamless and harmonious. Serious, nuanced and layered with beautifully smooth mouthfeel and a prolonged, rewarding finish.

Peach
Peach

Toast
Toast

Citrus
Citrus

Vanilla
Vanilla

The 2015 season will go down as one of the earliest and best vintages in decades. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. Yields were slightly lower, and the smaller berries produced wines of exceptional avour, balance and concentration.

The Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. e Marsanne (2012/11), Roussanne (2009) and Viognier (2009) vineyards are trellised in the typical échalas Rhône style (“stok by paaltjie”), while the Chenin blanc vineyard (1988) is bushvine.

The wine spent 9 months on the lees in French oak (9% new) and stainless steel (58%) before being bottled in October.

The fruit was harvested by hand at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in small lug-boxes in refrigerated trucks. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the juice settled overnight before fermentation took place separately in both stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels.

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