SOUTH AFRICA


Sijnn White
2010 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: 60-70 meters above sea level exposed to sea breezes.
Soil Type: Complex stony soils.
Vine Age: 6 year old bush vines
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date:
Yield: 2 t/ha or 9 hl/ha.

Vinification:

This is a blend of 57% Chenin Blanc and 43% Vignier.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
151mm rain during the growing season – slightly more than usual, but still pretty low. Typical dry, windy conditions meant tiny yields and moderate growth. January/February average maximum 29°Celsius, but hottest temperature recorded 33°Celsius. Usually the maximum temperature is reached before midday and it is a little cooler in the afternoon due to the strong sea breezes. Vines irrigated in winter, before the growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves and adapt to their environment. Harvest conditions dry with very clean, fresh fruit and mineral flavors in a little more restrained style.

PRODUCTION
Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kilogram flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch (3 hours drive from Malgas). Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hours cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. Total of 7 X 225 litre French oak barrels (of which 1 new – used for the ripest Viognier). Fermentation and maturation for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered.

Production: 159 x 12 x 750ml

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive pale yellow color.
Nose: Rich, waxy, mineral nose with the Viognier shining through in a surprisingly elegant, almost racy way. More restrained than the previous 2009 vintage, despite the higher percentage Viognier.
Palate: Also shows balance between waxy richness and racy minerality -driven more by terroir than high acidity.
Other: Excellent with a wide range of food from rich fish, seafood, creamy poultry or as an aperitif.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.77
RS (g/l): 2.1
TA (g/l): 6
pH: 3.51