Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vintage: 2014 (Current) | 2015 (Pending)
Shaped by the generosity of nature and the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Fleur du Cap Bergkelder range reflects the abundant yet subtle flavors of this truly unique terroir. All the vineyards from which these wines are made are situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, yet richest of only six such plant kingdoms in the world. The Bergkelder Selection is known for exceptional quality and wines that express their true varietal character. Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. Soils are predominantly medium-textured and well drained with good water holding capacity.
The grapes for this wine were predominately sourced from two vineyards in the Stellenbosch area. The grapes were handpicked when the vineyards were approximately 40 - 50% infected by Botrytis cinerea at a sugar level of approx. 40º Balling. A rigorous selection process in the vineyards resulted in yields as low as one ton per hectare. In the cellar, once the grapes were lightly pressed, the juice was transferred back onto the skins for a further 14 hours of skin contact and then pressed again. The juice was inoculated with pure yeast and fermented at 16-18°C. To add further complexity to the wine, it was left on its lees for 70 days. Just prior to bottling it was given a light fining and filtration. This wine consists of 97% Chenin Blanc with a dash of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. Soils are predominantly medium textured and well-drained with good water holding capacity.
The wine is brilliant gold with lime green specs. A bouquet of floral notes seduces the nose with raisins, marmalade and typical dusty botrytis aromas in the background. On the palate it shows dried apricot and peaches. The balance between acidity and sweetness results in a lingering finish.
This wine is an excellent alternative to or wonderful served with most sweet desserts. Alternatively it is the perfect foil for a variety of cheeses. Serve chilled.
Varietals: 97% Chenin Blanc with a dash of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 9.1%
Titratable Acidity: 9.9
Residual Sugar: 245
Suggested Retail Price: $18.99