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2013 Longridge Ou Steen Chenin Blanc

STYLE - The style of this single vineyard Chenin Blanc was inspired by the great Vouvray Demi-Sec’s (literally half dry) from the Val de Loire in France. These lovely age worthy Chenins, of which Domaine Huet ‘Le Mont’ is one of Jasper’s favourites, can be enjoyed with spicy food, such as curries or with savoury sauces & is also a natural partner to wasabi & sushi. Due to the great natural acidity of Chenin Blanc (colloquially called ‘Steen’), it can result in wines with unbelievable balance & poise even with residual sugar of 16-19g/l. This wines style is totally determined by the conditions & can therefore only be produced in exceptional years.

AROMA PROFILE - A toasty marmalade, pineapple, lime & honey nougat character on the nose gives way to a fresh acidity on the mid pallet ending, in a long lingering finish, with tropical fruits & charry vanilla.

TERROIR - Rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world, it is made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg. This vineyard enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day & cool night air flowing down the mountain, resulting in even ripening of the berries & good natural acidity. The macro climate is maritime, with cold wet winters & sunny warm summers.

VITICULTURE - Harvested from a 0.6 ha, 36 year old single vineyard, it is naturally low yielding at only 3 tons/ha, or 19 hectolitre/ha. Biodynamic (organic) practises are followed & therefore no herbicides or chemical sprays were used in the production of these grapes. The fruit was hand picked in the second week of February 2013 in small picking bins to ensure that perfect grapes reached the cellar.

VINIFICATION - Whole bunch pressed grapes fermented with wild yeast in French Puncheons. It is also aged in these barrels sur lie for 10 to 12 months. In line with our ultra-natural & terroir-driven approach, the wine received no enzymes, no fining & was bottled unfiltered. Although the wine is drinking well now, we recommend further cellaring, as the wine will improve with maturation for another 8 – 10 years.

ORIGIN - Longridge Wine Estate, Helderberg, Stellenbosch

WINEMAKING TEAM - Jasper Raats, Hendrien de Munck & Albert Le Roux

ACCOLADES - 17.5 Jancis Robinson 2014; 92/100 Tim Atkin MW 2015; 94/100 Jamie Good 2015

Alcohol: 14 %    Bottles: 1252