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False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region

£7.09

FALSE BAY VINEYARDS COASTAL REGION, SOUTH AFRICA
13% | 6 x 75cl | Screw cap
Chenin Blanc 100%
Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable

Slow Chenin Blanc is not fermented with fast-acting, or ‘aroma-enhancing’ commercially selected yeast. The grapes do not take three weeks to get from vineyard to bottle. It is crafted the wild way – old vine fruit, fermented with wild yeast found naturally on the grapes…not in a packet. This magical transformation takes at least six months.

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Description

ABV: 13%
Case/Bottle Size: 6 x 75cl
Region/Country: Coastal Region, South Africa
Grape: Chenin Blanc 100%
Features: Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable
Closure: Screw cap
Winemaker: Nadia Barnard
Appellation: Stellenbosch & Swartland
Allergen info: Contains sulphites and no other allergens

Production

The grapes for False Bay Slow Chenin Blanc stem from old bush vines in The Swartland and Stellenbosch regions. Old vines are key to making stand-out chenin and although The Swartland is not as coastal as most of the vineyards used for the False Bay wines, it is an area where, quite frankly, grapes from old vines are available at the required prices. Thankfully, the area’s old vines produce naturally low yields and retain good acidity despite being warmer and less windswept than Stellenbosch, so cooler, coastal Atlantic winds are less of a necessity for these gnarly old vines. Made by Waterkloof’s talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard. Balanced grapes are hand harvested, fermented spontaneously with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks and then left on lees for a minimum of ten months before bottling. No additions other than sulphur as a preservative. Grown, made and bottled in South Africa. Vegan friendly wine from 2018 vintage. False Bay – Real Wine – Coastal Vineyards, Sustainably Farmed, Old Vines, Naturally Crafted, Wild Ferment, Slowly Matured.

Tasting notes

Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed from the nearby fynbos, dominate the nose, followed by a creamy lemon character. The palate is reminiscent of the nose, with great textural complexity, attributable to the long, slow wild yeast fermentation.

Food match

A versatile wine equally well suited to partner lobster and other seafood, risotto or herb roast chicken. Can also handle spice very well.

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