Tim Hillock La Cosmica Chenin Blanc 2022
The grapes, grown by my neighbour, come from a single vineyard aged 34 years old. The vineyard is on a steep slope at the foot of the Kasteelberg mountain and the soil is therefore predominately schist. Aspect is South-East (a cooler slope) which allows for optimal phenolic ripeness without unpleasantly high alcohol levels.
Winemaking and Maturation
Hand-harvested at dawn into small crates and driven to the cellar by tractor. The grapes spent a few hours in the cold room after which they were whole-bunch pressed to a settling tank. The next morning the juice was transferred to a 2606L foudre where natural fermentation occurred. The wine spent 11 months on the lees.
“Pear, peach, talcum powder and some yeasty complexity on the nose while the palate has good fruit density, well-integrated acidity and a gently savoury finish. Understated and harmonious, some light pithiness lending texture.” – Christian Eedes
Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
ANALYSIS: Alc: 12.81% | RS: 2.0 g/l | TA: 5.40 g/l | pH: 3.39 | Total Sulphites: 97 PPM