Vondeling Sweet Carolyn 2006

Vondeling Sweet Carolyn 2006

A multi-layered, complex wine with a deep amber colour. The nose delights with soft peach aromas, fresh pineapple and ripe apricot. This almost overwhelming bouquet is aptly supported by spicy ginger, floral jasmine and fynbos honey. The nose carries through marvellously to the clean palate. The mouth-watering sweetness is cut by tangy acidity to provide a lingering after taste, which invites another sip, and another sip and another sip – truly decadent!

Naturally fermented and unfortified, the freshness and volume of this wine allow for a variety of delightful treats. These range from foie gras and other savoury entrees to sweet, spicy puddings and a dash of ice cream

variety : Muscat de Frontignan [ 85% Muscat de Frontignan, 15% Chenin Blanc ]
winery : Vondeling Wines
winemaker : Matthew Copeland
wine of origin : Paarl
analysis : alc : 11 % vol  rs : 181 g/l  pH : 3.25  ta : 10.7 g/l  
type : Dessert  style : Sweet   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  


4.5 Stars in the 2009 John Platter Wine Guide.

in the vineyard : Sweet Carolyn is a Straw wine, consisting primarily of Muscat de Frontignan and a little old vine Chenin Blanc. An enormously labour intensive process, much of this wine is quite literally made in the vineyards.

The process begins by crimping the stems of the Chenin Blanc grapes. This crimping process stops the supply of water to the bunch, causing the berries to dessicate on the vine. Crimping is done before the grapes are fully ripe and still high in natural acidity. The crimping process therefore concentrates both the sugar and the acidity.

The latter grapes, ie the Muscat grapes, are allowed to become over ripe on the vine. This over ripening process promotes the sweet pumpkin and apricot flavours. The grapes are then harvested at the same time and placed on beds of straw in our old wooden sheds. The straw helps disperse moisture and prevent rot. It is important that there is good aeration during the drying phase. This raisining process takes approximately 2 weeks.

in the cellar : Finally we are able to "begin" making the wine. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, but because they are dry, almost no juice is released. In order to extract all the sugar and as much of the juice as possible, the wine is allowed to ferment for at least a week on the skins before being pressed. This pressed juice is sent directly to barrel to complete its fermentation.

Fermentation stops naturally when the combination of increased acidity and concentrated sugar becomes too much for the yeast. The wine is aged for one year in old French oak before it is bottled and matured further before release.

OTHER VINTAGES - not for sale

Muscat de Frontignan
Muscat de Frontignan