Wine & vintage: Chenin Blanc 2019
Origin: Walker Bay / Franschhoek
Label: Allée Bleue
Farm location: R45 Franschhoek Valley
Wine maker: Van Zyl Du Toit
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc 85%, Sauvignon Blanc 10% and Viognier 5%
Style of wine: Wooded Dry White Wine
Grapes were sourced from selected areas vineyards in the Walker Bay and Franschhoek Valley. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to ensure the rich ripe flavours Chenin is known for. The grapes were sorted, pressed and then settled. The juice was racked and inoculated with yeast and after doing 50% of the ferment in tank it was transferred to barrel to complete the fermentation. Only French Oak was used of which 15% was new wood and all the barrels are 400 liters so not to overpower the fruit intensity. The wine was then aged on the lees in barrel for 6 months prior to bottling.
15% NFO and the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels of which all are 400 liter.
The wine has a pale straw colour with green tinge. The intense aromas of tropical fruit and well supported by an elegant vanilla and nutty bouquet. The palate is rich and vibrant with layers of sundried fruits, nougat and lemony aftertaste. The rich and ripe flavours are in perfect harmony with the zesty minerality
Alcohol 13.49 % vol
Residual Sugar 4.1 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.0 gm/l
Serve this delightful Chenin with rich seafood dishes such as seared Tuna with balsamic reduction, flame grilled line fish with lemon butter and grilled vegetables or West Coast mussels in a creamy white wine sauce.