Hailing from the red rich, gravelly clay Koffieklip soils on the rolling hills outside of Malmesbury, this dry land bush vine vineyard is always our first to ripen and truly shows the natural texture, alluring extract and balanced acidity that these small and concentrated Chenin Blanc grapes, grown on IRON soils, contribute to the variety and final wine
Natural fermentation in oak barrels then left in barrels, on its lees, until spring, during which time malolactic fermentation has completed. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.
11 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 500L barrels.
The naturally higher extract, focused acidity and lower sugar to alcohol conversion, meld together to define IRON Chenin Blanc in this maiden vintage release. With concentrated apple butter, delicious yellow orchard fruits and lightly struck match on the nose, as well as an impressively layered palate that dances with Loquats and pithy citrus peel, this wine is a true testament of the success of the single soil terroir focus, in this range.
Technical Details at Bottling
Alcohol 13% – RS 1.9 g/l – TA 6.3 g/l – pH 3.4