Revenge of the Crayfish Chenin Blanc 2020


While super youthful and fresh, this 2020 expression does indeed display an impressive clarity and composure with wonderfully pure aromatics of crunchy green apples, pear drops, bay leaves, dried green baking herbs, lime peel and of course, the signature West Coast notes of oyster shell and maritime sea breeze salinity. On the palate, there is notable concentration and depth of zippy white citrus, savoury yellow orchard fruits and a briny rock salt salinity reminiscent of river pebbles washed in seawater. Never a wine to reveal all its secrets willingly, a little more coaxing in a big Zalto glass allows the wine to show hints of orange citrus peel, a lovely fresh tangy sweet/sour acidity and yet more layers of maritime intensity Wine Safari Score: 95/100 Greg Sherwood MW

Grapes were hand-harvested early in the morning, then taken to the cold room and cooled down for one night. This is done before being whole bunch pressed the next morning and left to settle for twelve hours without any addition of enzymes except for a little Sulphur. The clear juice was then racked off and taken to 3rd, and 4th fill 228L barrels for fermentation. Natural fermentation ensued for four weeks. After fermentation was completed, the lees were regularly stirred once a week for eight months. Post-fermentation was carried out over eight months on the gross lees before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

These vineyards are located on well-drained, sandy soils. Being 5km from the cold Atlantic ocean, it receives a cooling effect that moderates temperatures in this region.

ALC: 13.5
TA: 7.4
RS: 2.3
pH: 3.22


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