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2016 St Johns Wild Fermented Chenin Blanc

2016 St Johns Wild Fermented Chenin Blanc


Selected rows and individual bunches of Chenin Blanc were hand harvested from the Western end of the vineyard. These bunches tended to be on the outer part of the vines where the fruit had a little more sun exposure. After a hand pick, a select number of “special” bunches are removed and returned to cool storage. These bunches will eventually be returned to the fermenting wine in the barrel. The balance of the fruit is pressed straight into a mixture of new French Oak Puncheons and 1 – 2 year old French Barriques. Without disclosing the exact method the fruit put aside were placed into the oak for extra skin contact during fermentation and maturation. This gives us that very special rich decadent mouth feel and adds depth and complexity to the wine. The juice is allowed to ferment naturally in barrel and matures on lees and skins for 5 months before assemblage and preparation for bottling. No fining agents and minimal filtration.

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This wine is a great interpretation of a dry Vouvray. It’s decadent, luxurious and rich. It’s all about texture, mouth feel and trying to separate the many layers of flavour. The pear and pear skin is an obvious primary flavour on the palate, the oak adds hints of toffee apple and cinnamon and both these compliment the sclereid derived texture, a result of the extended skin contact. Pistachio nuts and savoury notes coupled with the lanolin reveal themselves as the next level and the rich oily texture sits wonderfully and gracefully in the background giving way to a great weight and length with a toasty finish.

A sensational wine enjoyed now or in many years ahead.

Colour – Pale straw with lemon hue

Aroma – Subtle pears, spice and oyster shell like minerality

Palate – Clean rich and decadent subtle fruit and a little spice

Current vintage 2016

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