2019 was the first post-drought vintage; while there was definitely a hangover from the previous dry years the vines recovered well and gave some amazing grapes. The summer up to harvest was dry and mild which made for great ripening conditions the first grapes were harvested on the 14th of February.
Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2019
- Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc Viticulture: Block number 6 is a registered single vineyard. At 29 years old it is the oldest vineyard on the estate. Cool, southerley aspect, combined with fresh maritime breezes provide ideal conditions for optimal ripening of the grapes. The yield of the vines is low, around 5 tons per hectare. The soils are made up of deep decomposed granite. Cellar: The honey gold bunches are selectively harvested and then cooled overnight to around 5 degrees Celsius. They are sorted on a conveyor belt before going into the press where they undergo a 12 hour maceration on the skins before being gently pressed. The juice is then fermented wild, and matured for 12 months in 225 & 300 litre french oak barrels. The wine is left on the gross lees for the duration of the maturation before it is racked and bottled. Tasting note: A golden straw colour. The nose shows fresh peaches and apricots complemented by aromas of floral honeysuckle and freshened by undertones of lime. The entry to the palate is full with a creamy texture. The mid palate is broad and freshened by a limey acidity. The finish is long and fresh the wine is layered and complex and will reward a patient drinker with the aromas and flavours developing over time. Chemical Analysis: Alcohol: 14.0 % vol Residual sugar: 2.4g/l pH: 3.36 TA: 5.8g/l