Stellenrust 55 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2019

Description

This is a Chenin that combines intensity and concentration with focus and precision. Pasty, quince and citrus flavours are complemented by refined oak spice. 2022-29 94/100 Tim Atkin MW

Grapes for this wine are harvested from a 55-year-old single vineyard of Chenin Blanc on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills planted in ironstone. The number on the front of the bottle refers to the age of the vines in the year the wine was made.

In the vineyard

55-year-old bush vines from Bottelary property planted in ironstone. “We are just custodians of old vines. They know how best to express their fruit in that particular vintage, and we just have to shepherd that into the bottle,” Tertius Boshoff.

Vinification

Again careful attention to every grape coming into the cellar was necessary in the arid 2019 vintage. Even though warmer temperatures than normal occurred during the harvest, hanging time was in line with other vintages. Botrytis development also took some time but did eventually occur after mid-March drizzles. Grapes are harvested between 22 and 24 balling, and the juice allowed to settle without enzymes over several days.

In the cellar

The juice is then drawn off into a special selection of barrels and allowed to ferment naturally. Fermentation took just under 8 months to finish, and the wine was kept on the fermentation lees for an additional 1 month. Time spent on lees in barrel: 9 months in oak: 90% French and 10% Hungarian oak.

This Chenin will complement various dishes: from orange infused duck confit to lemon infused Norwegian salmon on a bed of creamed spinach and potato puree.

Analysis

Alc: 13.6%
ph: 3.03
RS: 3.6
TA: 7.4

£17.50