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2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout

The Cape’s signature variety. We have the largest planting of this variety in the world, and have been cultivating it since the late 1600′s. Chenin possesses great natural acidity and a succulence on the palate that makes some of the tastiest wines in the world. To produce our Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout, approximately 20% of the wine is fermented and matured for five months in oak barrels.
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A powerful nose of guava, lime zest and ripe pear braced by honeysuckle and orange blossoms. A juicy palate with opulent passion-fruit, following through from the nose and finishing off with tart grapefruit characteristics. The refreshing acidity is perfectly counteracted by a creamy mid palate and subtle oak-derived spice. The 2011 vintage is a more fruit-driven style that is fresher & drier comparing to the 2010 vintage. A delightfully accessible wine that is mouth-wateringly moreish.
Vineyard Notes
Average age: 32 years old Trellising: Bush vines and Trellis Yield: 4 tons per hectare Irrigation: Overhead and Drip
Production Notes
This individual new-wave Chenin was made from low-crop Stellenbosch & Swartland grapes. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to ensure coolness, crushed and then lightly pressed; after which the must was cold settled before being inoculated with a select yeast culture. Eighty percent of the wine was tank fermented between 13-15 °C while the remaining twenty percent underwent natural fermentation in barrel. The wines were matured for five months in a combination of new Hungarian and French oak barrels. The wine was then lightly fined, sterile filtered and bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Partner with shellfish; grilled tuna; grilled sardines; lemon and herb roast chicken; vegetable stews; Bobotie – South African/Malay dish of baked savoury mince served with saffron rice; and biltong.