PAARL CHENIN BLANC 2017
Fresh pineapples, citrus and notes of honeycomb on the nose. The palate is complex and creamy, balanced with citrus flavours, quince and a gentle oak finish.
100% Chenin Blanc
The grapes were handpicked in the early morning, which allowed for them to be delivered cold to the cellar, where they were destalked and gently pressed. The free- run juice settled for two days before the clear juice was racked off for fermentation. 50% of the final blend was fermented in French oak barrels (225l and 500l barrels of which 40% were new oak barrels) and the remaining components of the blend were cold fermented in a stainless steel tank. On completion of fermentation, the wine was left on fine lees for 6 month, before blending the components and bottling.
The Dreyer family has farmed on this land since 1705. Willie, the present generation Dreyer farmer, has an intimate knowledge of dry land farming. Unirrigated bush vines battle through large, flat, grey shale stone. The roots must claw their way deep beneath the rock in search of moisture and nutrients.
The grapes are from the Fairview farm on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. These trellised vineyards are planted on decomposed granite soils on the higher part of the hill.