Stellenrust Chenin d' Muscat 2019

Stellenrust Chenin d' Muscat 2019

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Made from a blend of Chenin Blanc and Muscat de Alexandrie grape varietals. The Chenin Blanc bush vines are over 54 years of age and the Muscat de Alexandrie trellised vines over 74 years planted in the manor house garden for decorative and consumption purposes, but now destined for a vine-dried-botrytis dessert wine. The Chenin is planted close to the Swartrivier (after which the Bottelary farm is named) where overlying April mist ensures beautiful botrytis infected bunches. The Muscat has a much thicker skin – therefore they opted to pinch the grape carrying stems to produce a very slow vine dried grape only harvested during the night with very cold temperatures towards the end of May. Grapes are picked between 36-40° Balling, crushed and some skin contact allowed for extraction. The juice is taken directly to barrels and fermented naturally over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. The Chenin Blanc and Muscat ferment separately and the wine is blended after a period of 12 months in barrel. Bottled at 11%. (Bottle size 375ml)

Nose: Strong notes of apricot and tinned peaches with a subtle whiff of cinnamon spiced pastries.

Palate: On entry, lush notes of honey, ripe peach, apricot and pears.

Finish: Rich lush texture with lingering notes of baked fruit pies and sweet spice.

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