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Mooiplaas Mercia Houmoed Chenin Blanc 2015

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The Houmoed Chenin blanc is only bottled in exceptional years, the previous vintage being 2013. Wine shows bee’s wax/dried peach on the nose, along with almonds/marzipan from the barrels, good weight on the palate with some minerality and a long finish. Fruit and oak well balanced, a big wine with the typical wonderful mouthfeel of ripe Chenin blanc.

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R1,164 per Case of 6

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Pack Size1 Bottle 750ml
Region:Stellenbosch
Blend:100% Chenin Blanc
Winemaker/Cellarmaster:Louis Roos

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IN THE VINEYARD
Grapes from the 2 ha Houmoed single vineyard, planted by NJ Roos in 1972. Dry land bush vine at 290 m above sea level on a lovely site in the Bottelary Hills overlooking both False Bay and Table Bay, on a south-west facing slope.
(Note - the word Houmoed is Afrikaans for “to keep faith, or to persevere”).

Training method: Bush vines
Soil Types: Oakleaf, high potential soil
Harvest date: 17 February 2015. Harvested by hand.
Yield: 38.5 hl and 5.92 tonnes/ha

IN THE CELLAR
Grapes in excellent condition, 7-24 hours skin contact, juice cleaned by settling, allowed to ferment spontaneously with wild yeast. ± 5B fermented in tank, the balance of fermentation took place in 225L 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels. Extended lees contact allowed and left in barrels for ± 7 months. No stabilization and unfiltered until a rough filtration prior to bottling.
Barrel profile: 50% 2nd fill and 50% 3rd fill. 100% French oak.
Bottling: 6 April 2015 at Mooiplaas

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