Testalonga Cortez Chenin Blanc
Testalonga Cortez Chenin Blanc
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Country: South Africa
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
A complex nose showing dried herbs, pear, peach, apple and a hint of smoky reduction while the palate has lovely fruit purity and definition, electric acidity and a pithy finish. Beautifully poised and intense while being extraordinarily light-bodied.
Planted in 1972, dryland bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. The vineyard has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, provides exceptional quality. Good farming, along with the quartz/silica soils, produces a wine with
incredible tension - rich yet fresh.
Hand harvested and whole-bunch pressed. Fermented/aged in 4 x 500L old French foudre and a single 1500L stainless steel tank for 6 months then blended together and placed back into wood and stainless steel. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling. 100% malolactic fermentation. A very light clarifying filtration was done using coarse cellulose sheets, no fining.
Residual Sugar: 1.7g/l
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