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Spice Route Chenin Blanc, Charles Back, Swartland 2019

Citrus and tropical fruit flavours are softened by a full texture and hint of honey. Very approachable and great value!
Crisp & Dry, Fruit Notes
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Producer Charles Back
Country South Africa
Region Swartland
Wine Type White Wine
Body / Style Crisp & Dry, Fruit Notes
Grape Blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14
Vintage 2019
Special Features Vegan
Extra Info Textured, versatile white
Food Pairing Guide Brilliant all-rounder - try with pork chops
Terroir Soils: decomposed granite and iron-rich clay

Spice Route Chenin Blanc is produced from 40-year-old vines by Swartland pioneer Charles Back. This Chenin Blanc has a classic citrussy character and that lovely, fuller texture that you expect from Chenin, and an almost honeyed note which softens out the citrussy flavours. There's also something a bit tropically about it - very pleasant drinking indeed!

This Chenin Blanc is from a vineyard planted in 1978 in the Swartland. The trellised vineyards are planted on a south-east facing slope and are dry farmed. The soils are predominantly koffieklip (decomposed granite and iron-rich clay) producing rich and concentrated wines.

The dry conditions throughout harvest ensured there was very little disease pressure. These dry conditions also led to drought, resulting in a smaller-than-usual crop, but this meant greater concentration and flavour in the grapes.

The grapes were picked at different maturity levels for this wine. The fruit was harvested by mid-February, with high sugar levels and some botrytis. Bunches were gently destemmed and pressed. After 48 hours settling, the portion that was picked earlier was all fermented in stainless-steel tanks to preserve freshness and elegance. The late picked portion, was fermented and matured in old French oak barrels for nine months, before the two components were blended and bottled. Winemaker: Charl du Plessis Acidity: 5.8 g/l Residual sugar: 4 g/l pH: 3.5
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