Little Rock Blanc 2016

Little Rock Blanc 2016

The blend of four cultivars combines harmoniously to produce a very fresh and clean wine, that has a pale straw green colour and is showing a clean and inviting fruit profile of peaches and citrus. The palate is elegant with balanced texture and acidity. This is an alluring wine that is both approachable and generous in all respects..

variety : Semillon [ Semillon, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc ]
winemaker : Dustin Osborne
wine of origin : Franschhoek
analysis : alc : 13.1 % vol  rs : 1.9 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 6.07 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

We are delighted to introduce the first edition of Little Rock Blanc, a vintage designed for every day enjoyment. The wine is produced using a blend of four distinct grapes: Semillon, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The blend displays a pale straw green colour with a citrus and peach flavour and an elegantly balanced texture and acidity.

in the vineyard : Good reserves were accumulated during the post-harvest period (April and May), after which leaf fall occurred mostly at the right time. The winter started off late but the weather conditions were cold enough to break dormancy. Due to lower rainfalls, the dam and soil water levels were not sufficiently filled up to prepare the vineyards for the warmer part of the season. Spring came on time and the weather conditions were ideal which led to good, even bud burst. There were heat waves as early as the end of October with extended heat conditions throughout the summer and a second heat wave during January, which affected the vineyards and berries adversely. Harvest started a week earlier due to the warmer weather and it ended about two weeks earlier. However, the temperatures started cooling off from mid-February, which led to sluggish ripening in some cases, which was advantageous for colour establishment in some of our reds. One advantage of the dry season was that grape disease and pests were limited for the 2016 season.

Vine age: 13 - 22 years
Vines per Ha: 4,000
Altitude: 200 - 450m

about the harvest: 

We always harvest the grapes in the morning.
Harvested: 12 February - 03 March 2016
Harvest Method: Hand

in the cellar : Early morning harvesting, with gentle pressing and settling on juice. Cold fermentations conducted at 12 degrees, in order to preserve aromatics on each batch. Each of the cultivars in the blend were vinified separately with blending occurring prior to bottling and with most lots seeing gross lees contact in excess of 4 months.

Malolactic: 0%
Fermentation: Stainless Steel and Oak
Bottled: 14 July 2016
Production: 10,500 bottles

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