Lanzerac Chenin Blanc 2016 Tasting Notes

Lanzerac Chenin Blanc 2016Appellation: Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Viticulture: Two vineyard blocks were used in the making of Lanzerac Chenin Blanc 2016. Both blocks, J9 and J10, were planted in 2006 on alluvial soils and has north-south facing rows. The blocks cover an area of 4.7 ha and had a yield of 10.1 tons in 2016.

Harvest Date: The 2016 harvest was particularly early and dry, resulting in Chenin Blanc grapes being harvested already by the end of January.

Vinification: The grapes were picked at 22.5 - 23° Balling and hand sorted before being destemmed and crushed. Before pressing the grapes, the mash was cooled to 15°C, and after pressing left to settle in stainless steel tanks for 2 days. The clear juice was drawn off the lees and inoculated with a commercial yeast strain. The biggest component of the Chenin Blanc was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve pure fruit and freshness while 22% was fermented in 4th fill French Oak barrels. After 3 months the wine was blended, stabilized and filtered before bottling.

Cellarmaster's comments: The Lanzerac Chenin Blanc is packed with stone fruit flavours of apricot and peach, supported by ripe pineapple on the mid palate. 22% Oak maturation ensures a soft, creamy finish with a lingering tail.

Cellaring potential: Drink now or keep until 2019

Food suggestions: Chicken liver parfait with homemade apple chutney and toasted brioche, sweet and sour pork, scallops, white-rind cheese such as Brie, and roasted root vegetables

Analysis:
Alcohol 13,06%
Total acidity 5.8g/l
Residual sugar 1,8g/l
pH 3,4