Naudé White Blend 2008

Description

Lots of stinky struck-match quality on the nose and then masses of ripe fruit. Long and full of flavour but not full of alcohol. Useful and sophisticated. 17/20 Jancis Robinson MW

Nose – peach, pineapple and lime. Palate – full bodied ripe fruit which is well integrated with the wood. The fruit components like peach (Chenin Blanc) and pineapple (Semillon) that is the building block of the wine ends in a refeshing lime/citrus (Sauvignon Blanc) finish.

Blend: 55% Chenin Blanc, 20% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc

At harvest, the fruit is brought to the winery for fermentation separately by varietal and by lot. The grapes are soft pressed, and all of the Chenin Blanc and approximately sixty percent of the Sémillon is fermented in new French oak barriques. Each lot remains there for about three months. The Sauvignon Blanc is cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. To maintain crispness but add balance and length, roughly forty percent malolactic fermentation is carried out on all white varieties. The components remain at cool temperatures on the lees, with stirring once or twice a week until just prior to final filtration. Over the last month or so before bottling, the blend is progressively assembled. When complete, a light fining, cold stabilisation and gentle crossflow filtration take place.

The composition of Naudé White rests on Chenin Blanc, which constitutes half to three quarters of the blend. Sémillon fills out most of the rest, and Sauvignon Blanc completes the whole, contributing roughly ten percent of the blend. The objective is to strike a balance between old world complexity and elegance and new world fruit and structure. Chenin Blanc provides a foundation of stone fruit, Sémillon adds tropical fruit and Sauvignon Blanc lends citrus, with all three contributing a fresh dose of acidity. The fruit profile is brought together by each varietal’s secondary phenolic traits and the terroir characteristics of each vineyard.

The wine is limpid pale gold in color, with initial aromatic impressions of pear and stone fruit followed by notes of lanolin, lime leaf, citrus peel and smoke on the nose. These lead into a very refined palate of pears, peaches and apricots, with further flavors of lanolin, white pepper, allspice and integrated vanilla. A clean, precise line of citrus underscores the whole in a texture that shows breadth and body without heaviness. The finish is long and succulent, punctuated by vibrant, high toned acidity.

Alcohol: 11.5%
Residual Sugar: 3.5 gr/l
Total Acidity: 6.2 gr/l
pH: 3.36

£19.00