Mooiplaas Mercia Houmoet Bushvine Chenin Blanc 2018
(R1,362.00 for 6 x 750ml)
The Houmoed Chenin Blanc 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 mouth feel of ripe Chenin.
Pair with seafood bisque, roasted line fish, grilled lobster, roast and grilled poultry.
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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: 2 March 2018. Harvested by hand.
Yield: 46.8 hl and 7.8 tonnes/ha
An outstanding vintage, no heat waves and low night temperatures together with a dry summer and some welcoming rain in February, provided flavourful grapes with 15%
botrytis. Six hours skin contact, juice cleaned by settling, fermented with four different yeast strains and aged in barrel for 9 months Extended lees contact was allowed,
Bâtonnage once a week. No stabilization and a rough filtration prior to bottling.
Barrel profile: 3 and 4th fill oak barrels (70% French and 30% Hungarian).
Bottling: 20 January 2019 at Mooiplaas
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