Remhoogte Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2023


Only the exposed bunches on the morning sun side of our 35 year old Chenin Blanc vineyard are selected for this wine, they turn gold in colour as a result of their exposure giving the wine a unique honeyed character. This wine is fermented with the wild/indigenous yeasts in older French oak barrels giving it an incredible complexity showing rich, honeyed fruit with a bright acidity leading into a delicious savoury finish.

On the nose it is floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine, ripe mandarin oranges, with caramel and ginger. And on the palate it is bright fruit and the signature honeyed or waxy texture coating the palate on entry. A mild phenolic grip and briny acid bring freshness and a long mouthwatering finish.

ANALYSIS: ALC 13.5% | RS 4.1 g/l | TA 5.7 g/l | pH 3.5

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The rows in this 35-year-old vineyard run from North East to South West and the vines are on a low single strand trellis. This row direction exposes the morning sun side to the prevailing summer wind out the south and shelters these bunches from the harsher afternoon sun. The Honeybunch is made from the first pick through this vineyard. All the exposed bunches on the morning sun side only are harvested. They turn a golden colour, as a result of their exposure to the sun, and develop a unique honeyed character.

Grapes harvested over 7 days. 12 to 15 hour maceration on the skins in the press before pressing. After an overnight settling the juice is then put into 225L and 300L French oak barrels and 2 cement eggs (around 15 percent) and fermented wild. Fermentation temperature kept between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius which slows the process down to between 4 and 8 weeks. 50 percent of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation. One year maturation on the heavy lees, in the same vessels before being racked and bottled.