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Our brand new Flagship White Wine honoring Charles’s mother, Beryl Back. 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.
All of the grape varieties are treated and fermented in different ways, kept separately to showcase the expression of each cultivar in our unique terroir. We select each component based on merit and our final blend tells the story of our labour of love each vintage.
The Chenin Blanc component is made in three distinct styles showing off the versatility of the grape: The first component is cold fermented in stainless steel tank and allowed to age on the fermentation lees for 10 months. The second component is a selection of barrel fermented Chenin Blanc, fermented in older 500L French oak barrels and the third component is an alternative skin-contact component (hand-picked, sorted and allowed to wild ferment on the skins for 5 days before pressing and further fermentation in older French oak).
The Viognier grapes were hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. 50% 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 stainless steel tank. The Roussanne was fermented in stainless steel tank initially but transferred to older French oak barrels mid fermentation to add more complexity.
The Grenache Blanc was cold fermented in stainless steel tank and left on the fine lees for 11 months prior to blending. After 10 months maturation
in French oak barrels and tank, the wine was carefully blended and allowed to naturally stabilise as far possible. Fresh lees of the 2021 vintage was added before minimal fining, filtration and bottling.
Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier
Pale yellow colour in the glass
Layered aromas of nectarine, orange peel, chamomile and hints of oak.
Complex with flavours of sweet melon and lime followed by pithy tannin, mouth-watering minerality and fresh finesse on the finish.
40% Chenin Blanc | 28% Viognier | 19% Grenache Blanc | 13% Roussanne
Double Silver – NWC Top 100 SA Wines Awards 2020