SOUTH AFRICA

2015 | 2012 | 2011 | ARCHIVE

Sijnn White
2011 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: 60-70 meters above sea level exposed to sea breezes.
Soil Type: Complex stony soils.
Vine Age: 7 year old bush vines
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date:
Yield: 3 t/ha or 14 hl/ha

Vinification:

This is a blend of 73% Chenin Blanc and 27% Viognier.

VINTAGE
A good growing season with few problems. December was extremely windy causing some damage despite the great wind resistance of Chenin Blanc. The Viognier has such minimal growth that there wasn’t much to damage. Harvest was quite early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest, contributing to a more subtle, elegant white without losing concentration.

PRODUCTION
Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kilogram flat trays in the cool mornings to avoid any damage and transported back to Stellenbosch (3 hours drive from Malgas).

The grapes then go through further sorting in Stellenbosch followed by gentle crushing and 2 hours cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolics. Barrel fermented in 225 litres and 700 litres French oak barrels, about 20 percent new oak. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered.

Tasting Notes:

Color: An attractive pale yellow color.
Nose: Expect metallic peach, honey and nuts.
Palate: A rich and full palate with fresh fruit carrying it to a long finish.
Other: Excellent with a wide range of food from rich fish, seafood, creamy poultry or as an aperitif.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.22
RS (g/l): 2.2
TA (g/l): 5.9
pH: 3.39