Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017

Nose: Fragrant blend of pineapple, peaches and sweet fruit flavours.
Taste: An abundance of fruity aromas, citrus and stone fruit. A medium bodied wine with a long lingering finish.

Pair with plainly grilled fish, avocado based salads, shellfish and Peking duck.

variety : Chenin Blanc [ 100% Chenin Blanc ]
winemaker : Martin Moore and Kobus Gerber
wine of origin : Durbanville
analysis : alc : 13.87 % vol  rs : 2.30 g/l  pH : 3.40  ta : 6.10 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

Nine leading vineyard owners in the Durbanville district joined forces with Distell to create Durbanville Hills with the aim of promoting the regional individuality of this prime wine-growing area. The striking Durbanville Hills cellar sits on the side of a series of rolling hills with magnificent views of Table Mountain and Table Bay - the very geography that lies at the heart of what makes the wines so unique.

The Durbanville ward is considered one of the Cape’s coolest wine regions, thanks to the sea breezes that drift inland from False Bay and Table Bay and the late afternoon mists that bathe the slopes. These conditions are ideal for the slow ripening of the grapes, allowing them to develop their full-flavoured, intense character. Grapes are sourced only from the shareholder- growers, all of whom farm within the limited appellation of Durbanville. Meticulous canopy management promotes concentration of varietal flavour.

Cellar master Martin Moore uses highly advanced cellar technology to ensure optimal extraction of colour and flavour. Sustainable practices include maintaining the disciplines imposed by International Environmental Standard ISO 140001 such as in the treatment of waste water back to irrigation quality. In all its vineyards the growing practices prescribed by IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) are followed. These are designed to sustain natural resources. In addition, the members protect on their farms 320 ha of endangered Renosterveld as part of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI).

in the vineyard : Vineyard Consultant: Drikus Heyns
The Chenin Blanc fruit was sourced from the farm Groot Phesantekraal, in the Durbanville area. The total area is 5.5 ha from a supplementary irrigated, vertical positioned trellising system on gravel soil. The vineyard has no slope and is planted in NW/SO direction. Production was 10t/ha and the fruit was monitored and tasted frequently for the desired ripeness.

about the harvest: The grapes harvested when the balance between fruit and chemical analyses was in perfect harmony.

in the cellar : The grapes where gently crushed with minimal skin contact before the juice was separated from the skins. The juice was cold settled for 24 – 36 hours before it was racked from the lees and a percentage of the light lees was added again for further complexity. The juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain to capture the fruity aromas, and fermentation took place at 15 for 16 days. Thereafter, a small percentage was fermented and matured for four months on French Oak.

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