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Our brand new Flagship White Wine honoring Charles’s mother, Beryl Back, is available for the very first time. A blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc hailing from the steep, granite rich slopes of Paarl Mountain, the Beryl Back perfectly encapsulates its namesake’s style, creativity and strength of character.
The Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc grapes are from trellised Fairview vineyards on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. These trellised vineyards are planted on decomposed granite. The Roussanne is also from our Fairview farm, planted on terraced, stok-by-paaltjie vineyards.
The Viognier grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed. Half of the Viognier was wild fermented in 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels, without settling the juice prior to fermentation. The other half was settled, inoculated and cold fermented in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels.
The Chenin Blanc was handpicked and 5% of it was wild fermented, on its skins for 3 days. After 3 days the juice was drained off and fermentation continued in 2nd fill barrels. 70% of the Chenin was barrel fermented in the traditional style (without skin contact) in 225 and 500litre barrels. The rest (25%) of the Chenin Blanc was fermented cold in stainless steel tank and allowed to age on fermentation lees for 10 months.
The Grenache Blanc was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to 2nd fill French oak barrels to mature on lees for 10 months. One barrel of Grenache Blanc was fermented on its skins.
The Roussanne was handpicked, whole bunch, basket pressed and the juice was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks after which it was transferred to older French oak barrels for ageing.
The wine was blended after 10 months maturation in barrels and tank.
Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier
Pale yellow colour in the glass
Layers of fruit aromas of lemon, papaya, pears with hints of floral and oak notes.
complex with layers of grape flavours, tannin structure, a salty minerality and racy acidity.
45% Chenin Blanc | 40% Grenache Blanc | 15% Viognier
Double Silver – NWC Top 100 SA Wines Awards 2020