Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2018
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Jeff Grier
Main Variety : Chenin Blanc
Alcohol : 13.72 %vol
pH : 3.3
RS : 8.43 g/l
Total Acid : 6.95 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
2018 Tim Atkin SA Special Report - 90 Points
2018 Decanter Awards - Silver
2018 Platter’s Guide - 94 Points
2018 James Suckling - 90 points
2018 SAWi Awards Grand Gold
2017 Tim Atkin SA Special Report - 90 Points
Tasting Notes
The wine displays tropical fruit with a hint of pineapple, citrus and honey. The oak plays a supporting role with subtle spice.
Ageing Potential
The wine is full bodied with creamy balance and good maturation potential.
Blend Information
100% Chenin Blanc
In The Vineyard
Chenin Blanc is widely planted in South Africa and therefore one of our most important varieties. Its popularity is due to its versatility. At Villiera it is used in blends and on its own. Chenin Blanc has great structure and it performs well at full ripeness. When picked ripe the longevity is enhanced by fermenting in oak barrels. The barrels also allow additional flavour, greater complexity and Chenin Blanc really does lend itself to this style.
About The Harvest
Fully ripe grapes are handpicked. A small percentage (± 1.5%) of botrytis is considered desirable and adds further complexity. Picking occurs in the mornings when conditions are cooler and the barrel fermented Chenin Blanc comes from 3 blocks (2 trellised and 1 old bush vine block.)
In The Cellar
In 2018 35% of the fruit was whole bunch pressed. The balance was crushed and destalked prior to ±4 hours of skin contact. After a light pressing in pneumatic bag presses the juice is settled overnight before being racked to barrels. We follow a low S0₂ regime and allow MLF on 40 % of the wine to allow early evolution. On the balance (60%), MLF is prevented to retain freshness. After fermentation the wine remains in barrel for 7 months with regular batonnage (stirring of lees). Half of the barrels are new French oak and the balance 2nd fill. Finally, after stabilization, the wine was bottled in September.

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Tel: +27.218652002   Fax: +27.218652314   Email: wine@villiera.com  
Cnr R101 & R304, Koelenhof, P.O. Box 66 , Stellenbosch, 7605, South Africa
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