Momento Chenin Blanc Verdelho 2020


Blend: 55% Chenin Blanc, 30% Verdelho

“To me, Chenin Blanc without Verdelho is like dancing without music. Verdelho adds the zing and zest to this blend, giving it that extra twist of freshness, energy, and rhythm. The Chenin Blanc grapes come from 41-year old, dry land farmed bush vines in the Paardeberg, Swartland. The Verdelho grapes are from Voor Paardeberg, grown in decomposed granite and clay as well as a vineyard in Bot River grown in Bokkeveld shale. The decomposed granite soils produce a rich, generous and broader palate, while the shale and clay soil from Bot River produces an austere, focused, and texture-driven wine. A combination of these two regions, together with the Verdelho that adds the freshness, combine to create a well-balanced wine, both rich and generous and elegant and well-poised, with a mineral focus and bright acidity.” – Marelise Niemann

A full and textured vintage showing fresh lime leaf and yellow kumquat aromas and a palate that sets tropical notes like banana and tinned pineapple against a mouth-watering saline acidity that recalls preserved lemons. A moreish Granny Smith apple skin grip to the finish given length by a coating, bee’s waxy mouthfeel.

The grapes were gently whole bunch basket-pressed without adding enzymes. Natural fermentation was allowed to take place in 400L & 225L French oak barrels. Some fine lees was added back to the juice in barrel to allow for more complex characters and textures to develop during its time in barrel. Time in old oak: 10 months. 100% malolactic fermentation. No fining.

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