Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa
June 15, 2018, James Molesworth
“Friendly, with pear and green melon flavors allied to a slightly soft and rounded frame. A light verbena hint gives the finish lift. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 668 cases imported.”
The Fleur du Cap approach is unconstrained. Using only meticulously selected grapes from the finest vineyards across the Cape Winelands, the winery produces a range of wines that offer diversity of choice and diversity of taste. Essence du Cap is known for exceptional quality and wines that express their true varietal character.
The grapes were sourced from 3 different vineyards in Darling, Agter-Paarl and Simondium. The Darling vineyard is 9 years old, trellised and farmed under dryland conditions. The soils are decomposed granites and the vineyard overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The vineyard in Agter Paarl is a 29-year-old dryland bushvine vineyard on Malmesbury shale soils with excellentwater holding capacity, yielding 8 tons per hectare. The vineyard in Simondium is on the middle slopes of the Simonsberg and was planted in 2008. It is trellised and is farmed dryland. The soils are also granites and production is 8 tons per hectare.
The grapes were handpicked at 22-24° Balling. After crushing, the juice was clarified and inoculated with a pure yeast culture, fermenting at a temperature ranging from 15°C to 17°C. 20% of the wine was fermented and aged on French Oak whilst 80% of the wine is unwooded. The wine was kept on its lees to lend greater palate weight and to add complexity. Prior to bottling the wine was fined and filtered.
The wine is brilliantly clear with specs of green. The nose is fresh with aromas of tropical fruit opening up into lime notes with a touch of oak spice. The initial tropical aromas follow through on the pallet with hints of citrus complimented with a dash of butterscotch from the time spent on wood. It has a lingering, crisp finish and is definitely an extremely food friendly wine.
This wine works wonders with seafood such as shellfish, crayfish, oysters and mussels. It is a good choice with Thai and light chicken dishes as well as a mild bobotie. Serve chilled, but not ice cold.
Varietals: 100% Chenin Blanc
Wine Alcohol: 13%
Titratable Acidity: 6.30 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.20 g/L
Suggested Retail Price: $10.99