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Regional Wines and Spirits NZD 29.20 750ml
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Vinum Chenin Blanc 2008

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These mature, prime vineyards are located on the slopes of the magnificent Helderberg Mountain, facing the ocean, in a southwesterly and south-easterly orientation. They consistently produce some of the finest Chenin grapes in the Stellenbosch Region, where the great Chenins of South Africa are produced. All picking and sorting by hand. The bunches were then de-stemmed, very gently pressed in a pneumatic bag press, and the juice settled in chilled stainless steel tanks prior to fermentation. This took place mainly in tank, on the lees, with less than 5% being transferred into small, new Burgundian barrels. Kept on the lees for six months, with regular batonnage, both in tank and in barrel, ultimate freshness was preserved, whilst developing considerable fruit complexity and depth in the wine; achieving a wonderful minerality on the palate. Bottled young, after seven months maturation, the wine retains lively fruit, steely acidity and abundant aromatic concentration: the exact qualities you'd expect from beautiful old vines. The nose hints at the wonderful elegance of this wine. White petals, citrus crispness, gentle vanilla, spicy cinnamon. The palate unfolds layers of fresh lime, deep, opulent fruitiness, and tingling spices -all wrapped in very subtle and harmonious notes of French oak, hanging on the palate with a mineral resonance. In essence, it has immense personality. A wonderfully balanced combination of the finer attributes of good Cape Chenin.

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Vinum Cellars:
Our basic winemaking philosophy is to work with great grape growers to develop the best fruit in the vineyard. We pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and gently process the fruit. We are very experimental with yeast strains and use different cultures for each variety. Our whites are barrel fermented slowly and aged Sur Lies in small French Oak barrels. With our reds, skin contact is optimized b... Read more
Our basic winemaking philosophy is to work with great grape growers to develop the best fruit in the vineyard. We pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and gently process the fruit. We are very experimental with yeast strains and use different cultures for each variety. Our whites are barrel fermented slowly and aged Sur Lies in small French Oak barrels. With our reds, skin contact is optimized by the use of small open top fermentors, hand punch downs and extended maceration before pressing. Our belief in the use of older French Oak barrels allows the varietal fruit of our wines to be expressed. We are committed to experimenting and learning new winemaking methods while preserving an old world approach. Read less

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These mature, prime vineyards are located on the slopes of the magnificent Helderberg Mountain, facing the ocean, in a southwesterly and south-easterly orientation. They consistently produce some of the finest Chenin grapes in the Stellenbosch Region, where the great Chenins of South Africa are produced. All picking and sorting by hand. The bunches were then de-stemmed, very gently pressed in a pneumatic bag press, and the juice settled in chilled stainless steel tanks prior to fermentation. This took place mainly in tank, on the lees, with less than 5% being transferred into small, new Burgundian barrels. Kept on the lees for six months, with regular batonnage, both in tank and in barrel, ultimate freshness was preserved, whilst developing considerable fruit complexity and depth in the wine; achieving a wonderful minerality on the palate. Bottled young, after seven months maturation, the wine retains lively fruit, steely acidity and abundant aromatic concentration: the exact qualities you'd expect from beautiful old vines. The nose hints at the wonderful elegance of this wine. White petals, citrus crispness, gentle vanilla, spicy cinnamon. The palate unfolds layers of fresh lime, deep, opulent fruitiness, and tingling spices -all wrapped in very subtle and harmonious notes of French oak, hanging on the palate with a mineral resonance. In essence, it has immense personality. A wonderfully balanced combination of the finer attributes of good Cape Chenin.

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