Miles Mossop Chapter Three Chenin Blanc 2019
100% Chenin blanc from a single 34-year-old bush vine vineyard in the Stellenbosch growing on slate soils.
Winemaking and Maturation
The grapes were harvested at around 21,5 brix on the 13th February. The grapes are picked into small grape crates and put in a cold store overnight. The grapes are whole bunch pressed the next day and the juice settled overnight before being taken to 400L old and new French oak barrels (25% being new) for fermentation. The fermentation is allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine is topped and matured sur lie for 9 months with regular lees stirring. Only small amounts of SO2 was used in the making of this wine. This wine is bottled without fining or filtration. One 400L barrel was bottled in November 2019.
This wine has a beautiful pale straw colour. Nose: The nose of the wine is bursting with complex aromas of yellow and white peach, citrus blossom, dry straw and toasted almonds. Palate: The palate is full of the flavours evident on the nose with a hint of tart quince and pithy notes on the midpalate.