Chenin Blanc 'Noble Late Harvest'
Chenin Blanc 'Noble Late Harvest', Joostenberg
Grapes were sourced from a 28 year old, organically farmed, unirrigated Chenin Blanc vineyard on Joostenberg farm. Only bunches that were raisinated or infected by botrytis (“noble rot”) were selected.
The grapes were “whole-bunch” pressed and the resulting juice was fermented using natural yeast. Fermentation was allowed to carry on until it stopped on its own accord. Fermentation and maturation occurred in old, oak barrels. The wine spent 8 months in these barrels before being bottled.
The wine has a beautiful golden straw color. The nose & palate are characterized by wax, apricot, pineapple, marmalade and honeycomb flavors. There is plenty of sweetness and the finish is marked by lingering acidity.