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False Bay Slow Chenin Blanc

2018

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The Basics

Type

White Wine

Country

South Africa

Region

Western Cape

ABV

13%

Vintage

2018

Size

75cl

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Suitable For

Vegans, Vegetarians

£7.90

8 in stock

The Details

In a Nutshell

Slow Chenin Blanc is not fermented with fast-acting, or 'aroma-‘enhancing’ commercially selected yeast. The grapes do not take three weeks to get from vineyard to bottle. It is crafted the wild way – old vine fruit, fermented with wild yeast found naturally on the grapes…not in a packet. This magical transformation takes at least six months.

Tasting Notes

Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed from the nearby Fynbos, dominate the nose, followed by a creamy lemon character. The palate is reminiscent of the nose, with great textural complexity, attributable to the long, slow wild yeast fermentation.

Grape Blend

100%

Chenin Blanc

Production Notes

Made by Waterkloof's talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard, this slow chenin is crafted the wild way: Balanced, hand harvested grapes from old Swartland bush vines are fermented spontaneously with wild yeast found naturally on the grapes. Chenin Blanc is regarded as the workhorse of the South African wine industry. It produces the bulk of False Bay's generic white wines. There are however some gems in between the mass of Chenin vineyards. The goal is to identify these gems and allow them to express themselves in False Bay Chenin Blanc. False Bay Vineyards focus on areas that have long stood out for producing great Chenin Blanc wines, like the Paardeberg and Riebeek areas in The Swartland. Over time, old bushvine vineyards have found their natural balance, which ultimately shows through in the wines. The wine spends a minimum of 10 months on lees. No additions other than sulphur as a preservative. Grown, made and bottled in South Africa. False Bay - Real Wine

Producer - False Bay Vineyards

Established by Paul Boutinot, False Bay Vineyards is a company that has grown out of many years of involvement in South Africa, which began at a time when their wines and potential was just being recognised. With knowledge and respect within the South African wine industry, Paul Boutinot has been able to source top quality grapes for the False Bay range. First discovered by sailors confusing it for Table Bay to the north, False Bay has long been a haven for those navigating the treacherous Cape of Good Hope. The cool coastal breeze which sweeps off the Indian Ocean tempers the ripening process, extend the growing season and produce expressive wines with more precise varietal characters and purity. These lifted aromas make the wines accessible, perfectly balanced and full flavoured.

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Press Quotes & Awards

Silver (2012 vintage)

Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

Musky, floral and tangy, with notes of apple, unripe melon and a touch of vanilla.

Creamy and round. Rich in texture, complex and persistent.

Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Judges' Comments

Bronze (2012 vintage)

Decanter World Wine awards 2013

Bronze (2011 vintage)

Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

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The Basics

Type

White Wine

Country

South Africa

Region

Western Cape

ABV

13%

Vintage

2018

Size

75cl

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Suitable For

Vegans, Vegetarians

£7.90

8 in stock