Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc 2018, Cape of Good Hope, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Strong old Chenin Blanc vines express their determination to thrive in this unique wine produced from South Africa’s most renowned grape growing region, Stellenbosch. Abundant sunshine, granitic soils and refreshing ocean breezes give a wine of breadth, concentration and lingering freshness. All fruit was harvested by hand with bunch selection happening in the vineyard and in the winery. After arriving at the winery, fruit was chilled overnight to 10 degrees Celsius. The juice was naturally settled without the use of enzymes and transferred to a selection of French oak casks the following day. The individual barrels were aged separately with barrel selection and blending being done in September 2016. A deep yellow color suggests full ripeness and complexity. Aromas of baked pear, ripe apple, hints of fresh citrus and roasted nuts are present on a complex and layered nose. The palate is richly textured revealing pineapple, tropical fruits and golden delicious apple. The finish is long complemented by a firm acidity that gives the wine length and focus.