2017 is a benchmark for our Malgas White and our new label reflects this.
-the vineyards now 7 and 12 years old
-our tenth vintage of White and starting to understand our terroir
-the third vintage in our new cellar on the estate and our talented winemaker, Charla Haasbroek -the most exceptional vintage yet at Malgas
The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 12 and 7 year old vines. Mostly 2 high quality, low yielding clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99; Rug.140 and R110. Viognier and Roussanne included to add depth and complexity.
Yield: 5 ton/ha (25 hl/ha) Chenin & 3 tons /ha (15hl/ha) Viognier & Roussanne.
An excellent growing season with no problems. We had ideal weather at the beginning of the ripening season with a little rain on occasions. The moderate weather with cool nights continued throughout the harvest period producing wines with excellent acidity. An average crop of great quality.
Handpicked and sorted in the cool mornings before gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in a traditional basket press. Barrel fermented in 400L and 700L French oak barrels, about 11% new for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 6/12/2017 Production: 855 x 12 x 750ml; 72 x 1,5L; 18 x 3L
Bright gold straw colour. Lovely forthcoming nose of passion fruit, peach pith, lemon, nutty honey
and a little salty fennel character. Vibrant, zesty palate with a multitude of flavours dancing across the palate. Piercing citrus, passionfruit and peach skin mingling with dusty spice components. Lovely natural acidity carries the wine through to a long, elegant finish. Drink now to 2027. Ideal on its own or with fish and seafood.
Alc 13,67% SG 2,3g/l TA 6,2 g/l pH 3.23 VA0.55 SO2 Free 7mg/l & Total 62mg/l