GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Chenin Blanc
Region: Stellenbosch, Helderberg. 38 years old Soil: Clovelly – (deep yellow sand). Mature unirrigated vineyards with controlled yields. Locality: South-south-west
Hand harvested, with careful selection. Yield: Approx 4 – 6 tons, Low trellis and old bush vines.
Barrel and tank fermented and left on the lees (9 months French oak, 20% new) matured on secondary lees for a rounded complexity. Style: Rich and Ripe (Oak influenced).
ANALYSIS: Alc 13.5 / TA 5.9 / RS 2.2 / pH 3.38
Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals.
Can be served with varied spicy dishes, full flavoured fish or chicken dishes. Ideal with crayfish, prawns.A true benchmark for relaxed enjoyment.
Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014: Platter’s 2016 – 5 stars
Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013: Tim Atkin’s South Africa report – 91 points Platter’s 2015 – 4 stars