Stellenbosch, South Africa
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc - Crafted from three different wards and soils, Granite, Oakleaf and Duplex, in Stellenbosch, each contributes to the complexity. These vineyards are planted with very old unirrigated bush vines; suckered and tipped to ensure a cool microclimate around the grapes with no direct sun and without botrytis. Halfway through fermentation, the separate components were transferred into 400-litre fine-grain oak barrels, 30% new, 30% second- and 40% third-fill; the wine was aged on its lees for 12 months with monthly bâtonnage. Concentrated aromas of lime, melon and herbs on the nose with layers of citrus and elderflower on the palate. Elegant fruit and integrated French oak flavours give this wine a creamy mouth feel and a long, fresh finish.