Sybrand Mankadan Chenin Blanc 2015
A Chenin Blanc from South Africa - Stellenbosch.
Teddy Hall - Sybrand Mankadan Chenin Blanc 2015 (87 tsomw points)
In the glass a bright yellow color.
On the nose aromas of tropical fruit, apple, some light vanilla and blossom.
On the palate light creamy, but refreshing with again tropical fruit, citrus and honey.
This wine will show its best in the first 3 years after bottling.
Chenin blanc is one of the most versatile grapes around. It produces accessible wines which in turn successfully complement a wide variety of food flavours. Try this with Seafood, Chicken, pork or pasta dishes.
Bush vines planted between 1975 and 1988 provided a yield of around 6 tons of grapes per hectare. The soil is predominantly weathered Table Mountain sandstone and broken shale. There is a combination of dry land vineyard and vines which are irrigated by means of drippers and also overhead sprinklers.
The vineyards were picked from mid February. At that time the average grape sugar was measured at 24.3° Balling while the acidity was 7.1g/l on average.
To avoid any undesirable phenolic elements, the grapes were given a very soft pressing (0.5 bars for the technophiles!) and the juice left in tank to settle overnight. About 10% of the wine go into French oak barrels. The tank portion was inoculated with Vin 13 yeast and cold fermented to ensure that as many aromatic qualities as possible were retained. The wine then spent a few months in stainless steel tanks and barrel - on its lees - before being put together, cold stabilized, filtered and finally bottled.