BLANKbottle, Empire Strikes Back 2021

BLANKbottle, Empire Strikes Back 2021

BLANKbottle, Empire Strikes Back 2021

32 in stock

BLANKbottle, Empire Strikes Back 2021

32,00 

32 in stock

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Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin is a UK-based Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist with an international following.

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The Empire Strikes Back – An all-STELLENBOSCH white blend of Verdelho from 2 different sites, Roussanne, Marsanne, Chardonnay and Chenin blanc.

The Story

Today I’m standing up to defend the EMPIRE – STELLENBOSCH. Silently, she’s been re-aligning her troops and now strikes back at the Swartland to establish herself yet again as a formidable force. The Empire Strikes Back – An all-STELLENBOSCH white blend of Verdelho from 2 different sites, Roussanne, Marsanne, Chardonnay, and Chenin blanc. Just for the record – I am a huge fan of Swartland white blends. The image of South African wines has changed dramatically over the past 10 years and the Swartland played a huge part in this. Their wines, especially the Rhône-style white blends are top notch. They are fun, young, energetic and unique and started to gain international fame. Stellenbosch, however (where I studied winemaking), is the original EMPIRE of South African wine. Like most of us, I like to support the underdog, and in the case of white blends, the Empire became exactly that. So I created a white blend based on similar varieties – a combination that could give some of the Swartland white blends a go. The empire is therefore now striking back at the Swartland. The label consists of two sections. On the left part of the label you will see a half star, which was the logo for the “Swartland Revolution”. And on the right – stripes that represent a traditional and conservative EMPIRE.

Technical Information

Vineyard: This is a blend from a selection of vineyards – Chenin blanc from the granite Firgrove hills, Chardonnay from the Helderberg’s deep rich soils, 2 blocks of Verdelho from the Helderberg foothills and Rousanne and Marsanne from the Blaauwklippen road.

Alcoholic Strenght: 13 % / vol

Acidity: 5.71 g/l

PH: 3.45

Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/l

Free SO2: 35 ppm

Total SO2: 92 ppm

Volatile Acidity: 0.62 g/l

Vegan: Yes

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