Revenant Chenin Blanc

South Africa

 

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All grapes are hand-picked to ensure that only the finest berries are used. We harvest according to taste (the traditional way) and spend most of our time in the vineyards to see how the flavours develop. The grapes are then sorted by hand and whole-bunch pressed in our modern basket press to extract the juice in the gentlest way. The juice is then settled naturally for 24 hours without enzymes, after which it is racked from the settling tank into 600-litre barrels, concrete eggs and a stainless-steel tank. The naturally occurring yeasts or “wild yeasts” are allowed to start the fermentation process. This leads to a much longer fermentation process with a slow release of aromas and a more structured palate. Fermentation took between one and six months to complete, after which the wine was blended and left on the gross lees for a further six months until bottling with no stirring of the lees taking place. We do not add any acid, enzymes or commercial yeast during the winemaking process, nor do we fine the wine, with only a light filtration and a small addition of sulphur added as a preservative prior to bottling.

A variety of yellow fruits and limes can be picked up on the nose with a touch of cumin. The palate shows a fresh acidity with a lingering mouth feel- an effortlessly balanced wine.

A really versatile wine that will go with a variety of dishes. The wine can cut through creamy chicken dishes, belly of pork or fried fish and squid. Equally, one can enjoy it with the clean flavours of ceviche, sashimi or simply grilled sea bass.

Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Grape: Chenin Blanc 100%
ABV: 13.5%
Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2019
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes

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