Rijk's Private Cellar Chenin Blanc 2017
It's a little known fact, but a fact all the same, that South African Chenin Blanc wines are among the world's finest.
The two main areas in the world where Chenin Blanc is grown are in the Loire Valley in France and in the Cape Winelands, South Africa.
France has 10,000 ha and the Cape has 20,000 ha planted. It is believed that the first plantings of Chenin Blanc in South Africa were made by the French Huguenots, fleeing France after the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and emigrating to the Cape.
Winemaker Pierre Wahl
Medium to full bodied white wine. Fruit driven food wine.
Grapes were night harvested; picked by hand to retain flavours.
Grapes were gently crushed and pressed. This wine was fermented in 40% new French and Hungarian oak and 60% in 2nd and 3rd fill French and Hungarian 300 litre oak barrels. 30% was fermented with natural yeast. Wine was aged for 11 months before racked and blended.
The 2017 Chenin will be remembered for its beautiful richness and structure. This wine has a great spectrum of fruity aromas together with some flinty characters, which are terroir driven. These aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate with great length. Excellent ageing potential and superb versatility with a wide variety of dishes complete this irresistible package.
Vegetarian Dishes. Also try with spicy food, mild and soft cheeses. Seafood and shellfish.
10 Years after vintage at consistent temperatures of between 14°C and 17°C.
Recommended to be served at 14°C.