Asara Chenin Blanc 2016 (6/case) (R89/BOTTLE)
Aromas of apricot, tangy nectarines and fresh straw.
Prominent melon, lightly toasted almonds on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a full, round mouth-feel.
Cultivar(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Style: Rich and ripe, subtly wooded
Area of origin: Stellenbosch
This single block Chenin Blanc is 1.9 hectares in size and located 200m above sea level, being just over 15 km from False Bay, it enjoys the inﬂuence of a cooling sea breeze eﬀect, which means longer ripening and hanging times.
The vines age of 20 + years means that they have attuned themselves to the terroir, have developed a complex root systems that is capable of extracting nutrients from the relatively poor decomposed granite soils. The yields are relatively low, the berry size quite small and the bunches, fairly loose, making for good concentration and intensity of ﬂavour.
Viticulture is aimed at achieving full phenolic ripeness without sacriﬁcing freshness and fruit purity, the grapes are hung on the vines for somewhat longer than usual.
Diﬀerent batches of grapes are harvested by hand in mid-February, between 22 and 24 Balling. Grapes are picked into small crates with quality always paramount. After destemming and pressing, it settles for three days, after which 50% is fermented in 2nd and 3rd ﬁll French oak barrels and the other 50% in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the barrels are batonnaged once a week. The juice from the tank brings freshness to the wine and the juice from the barrels adds to the creaminess, complexity and depth of the wine.
Aromas of apricot, tangy nectarines and fresh straw. Prominent melon, lightly toasted almonds on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a full, round mouth-feel.
Residual sugar (RS) 3.5 g/ℓ
Total Acidity (TA) 5.60 g/ℓ