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Le Sueur Wines Natural Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc

Le Sueur Wines Natural Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc


Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Appellation: Calitzdorp
Grape Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
 
Background
 
Le Sueur Wines is the dream of Winemaker Louis Le Sueur van der Riet. This dream was born 2006 during his first harvest at Aan de Doorns.  Now this dream turned into a reality with this the maiden Vintage of Le Sueur Wines.  In conjunction with De Krans, Le Sueur Wines will strive to make wines with are unique and special regarding production and terroir.  These wines will only be available in small quantities – 750 Bottles – and only available to De Krans Wines Wineclub members.
 
Chenin Blanc is widely known as the white grape varietal of South Africa with 17890 Ha planted making up 18% of the South Africa’s total vineyard composition.  Normally use as rebate wine for distilling Chenin Blanc is often miss interpreted as “a grape only good for making spirits”
 
 
Vineyards
 
Perfectly balanced vines are harvested beginning of March at 23o Balling for optimal ripeness.  These vines are planted in clay soils on the bank of the Gamka River.  Trellised east west facing rows ensure grapes ripen slowly and homogeneously. Selected bunches are handpicked early morning to ensure berries arrive cool at the cellar.
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Winemaking
 
Hand harvested, sorted, cooled and pressed the juice was left to its own account to ferment naturally in 3 x 300 Liter old French Oak Barrels for 10 months.  Without disturbing nature this wine was made from nature by nature to bring you Chenin Blanc in its most natural form unfiltered and unfined.
 
 
Winemaker’s comments
 
Colour:        Clear crisp translucent colour with slight gold tint.
 
Bouquet:     Complex full flavours of Apricots, blossoms, citrus and fresh lime. Slight butterscotch and soft honey oak  
 

Taste:           Elegant mouths feel of honey, lime and soft fruit.  Well integrated fresh acidity and round oak tannins with long lasting smooth aftertaste.
 
 
Food pairing
 
Great on its own or during a hot Sunday chicken or pork fillet braai.  Also works well with alfredo pasta or pan fried yellow tail.
 
 
Chemical analysis
Alcohol:    13
pH:            3.51
TA:            5.7
RS:           3.8 g/l
Extract:     23.8
 
 
Awards
 
2016 Platter 4 star (2014 Vintage)


Bottle PricePrice : R 125.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 720.00  

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