Grown in the Schist soils on Roundstone Farm, the home of Mullineux, these sustainably farmed Chenin Blanc bush vines produce small clusters, tiny grapes and thicker skins, which lend to the structure of this wine. Planted on a contour to conserve soil integrity and ensure erosion control, this wine exudes the exact sunshine, freshness and phenolic balance that define our SCHIST Chenin Blanc.
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 500L French oak barrels.
The 2020 growing season consisted of warm days and cool nights, which contributed to the inviting phenolic balance, full palate and jubilant freshness that you would come to expect from SCHIST soils in these growing conditions. With nuances of Asian pear and fennel bulb, combined with fresh quince and ruby grapefruit, these are precisely the highlights that lead to a great texture and zesty finish, synonymous with Chenin Blanc grown on SCHIST soils.
Technical Details at Bottling
Alcohol 13.5% – RS 1.7 g/l – TA 6.0 g/l – pH 3.43