Painted Wolf Roussanne 2014

Painted Wolf Roussanne 2014

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The Roussanne white grape, native to the warmer regions of France’s Rhone valley, is a relative newcomer and still very rare in SA, with fewer than 10 local producers. Grapes for this release were sourced from a vineyard grown by Willy Mostert on the south eastern side of the Paardeberg, planted on decomposed granite soils. The wine was fermented in Stellenbosch in a 2,000-litre oak tank before being decanted into 300- and 500-litre French oak barrels, about 25% new. Chenin lees were added to the wine and stirred regularly. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged. After 11 months in wood, the wine was bottled. A total of 14,500 bottles were produced. Bottled at 13%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Waxy and dusty with a pronounced stone fruit character, in particular peaches. Hints of honey and pear. Rich and complex with nuanced aromas of sweet spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, as well macadamia nuts.

Palate: Fruit-forward entry with notes of ripe peaches and apricots. Subtle notes of honey and lychee. Mid-palate reveals a waxy oily character to the wine. Rich and creamy with a very opulent tertiary character of macadamia nuts and honey.

Finish: Beautiful acidity keeping the wine focused. Lingering notes of nuts, sweet spices and honey, with a subtle chamomile tea character.


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Painted Wolf Roussanne 2014