The 2022 growing season was moderate with no heat spikes, which contributed to the inviting phenolic balance, full palate and jubilant freshness that you would come to expect from SCHIST soils in these growing conditions.
Highlighted by fresh quince, white peach and hints of lime, the nose of this Chenin Blanc is greatly inviting, and it follows through with a firm chalky texture and a lively, zesty finish. The ageing potential is at least 20 years, and this wine will show optimally if decanted.
“Savoury and flinty with lime and wet chalk notes. Beautiful tight mouthfeel with a long slow finish. This must be my favourite vintage to date” – Corlien’s notes
ANALYSIS: ALC 13.5%| RS 1.9 g/L| TA 5.9 g/L
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In addition, Andrea was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 International Winemaker of the Year and in 2016 Chris & Andrea were Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year.
The home of Mullineux, Roundstone Farm, has become synonymous with our SCHIST soils, where these Chenin Blanc bushvines flourish due to the well suited appellation, as well as being consistently sustainably farmed. These rocky soils limit vine size and so the clusters and individual grapes in turn remain smaller with a higher skin to juice ratio. This contributes to the structure of this wine and with each vintage mirror the freshness and pure sunshine that define our SCHIST Chenin Blanc.
Carefully picked during the cool daybreak, the fruit was whole-bunch pressed to barrel where fermentation started spontaneously. Once all the natural yeast and microbes completed their predestined purpose, the wine was left to voluntary settle on its own. This Chenin Blanc spent 7 months on its lees in barrel, ensued by racking, blending and unfiltered bottling to further showcase it’s Swartland SCHIST characteristics.
This wine was matured for 11 months in 4th fill 225L French oak barrels.