LA BERYL BLANC 2017
A bold, assertive dessert wine with dried apricot, peach, pineapple, lemon and honey flavours on the nose. Savour a full mouth feeling with litchi and citrus flavours followed by the unctuous texture courtesy of the fresh, well balanced acidity.
Chenin Blanc (73%) and Muscat de Frontignan (27%)
The fruit was harvested very carefully by hand over a three-day period. Bunches were individually picked once each was perfectly ripe. Packed into small lug boxes, the grapes were transported to a well-ventilated shed, where they were carefully laid out to dry on racks lined with straw. It took 3-4 weeks for the grapes to dry to a raisin state, by which time they had lost up to 75% of their moisture. The grapes were pressed and allowed to ferment in stainless steel tanks.
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 La Beryl is a traditional straw-dried sweet wine named after Charles Back’s mother. The wine was produced using Chenin Blanc and Muscat grapes grown on decomposed granite soils on the Fairview farm.