2015 Quinta Essentia

Chenin Blanc

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Wine Specifications

  • Vintage: 2015
  • Varietal: Chenin Blanc
  • Appellation: Stellenbosch
  • Alcohol: 14.3%
  • Region: South Africa
  • pH: 3.3
  • Acidity: 6.5 g/l
  • Vineyard notes: Quinta Essentia is made from unique old vine Chenin Blanc vineyards. All four sites expressed optimally ripe fruit and excellent sugar and acid balance. There was no disease pressure due to the warm days, cool nights and low humidity levels. All fruit was harvested by hand with bunch selection happening in the vineyard and in the winery.
  • Tasting Notes

    A deep yellow color suggests full ripeness and complexity. Aromas of baked pear, ripe apple, hints of fresh citrus and roasted nuts are present on a complex and layered nose. The palate is richly textured revealing pineapple, tropical fruits and golden delicious apple. The finish is long complemented by a firm acidity that gives the wine length and focus. This wine will continue to develop in depth and complexity with further cellaring for at least 10 years after vintage.
  • Winemaker notes

    Enjoy any day of the week.
  • Vineyard notes

    Quinta Essentia is made from unique old vine Chenin Blanc vineyards. All four sites expressed optimally ripe fruit and excellent sugar and acid balance. There was no disease pressure due to the warm days, cool nights and low humidity levels. All fruit was harvested by hand with bunch selection happening in the vineyard and in the winery.
  • Production notes

    After arriving at the winery, fruit was chilled overnight to 10 degrees Celsius. Whole bunch pressing resulted in only the best juice being pressed from the bunches, with light additions of sulphur on the pressed juice. The juice was naturally settled without the use of enzymes and transferred to a selection of French oak casks the following day. Fermentation occurs naturally and lasts for 4 to 12 weeks with periodic battonage. Due to low pH and high acid levels, there was minimal malolactic fermentation. After ferments had completed, the barrels were topped, given a moderate addition of Sulphur and “tight bunged” ontop of the gross fermentation lees. The individual barrels were aged separately with barrel selection and blending being done in September 2015. The Quinta Essentia blend is made from only the best barrels, after which the blend is returned to cask for three months. The final blend was given a light fining and bottled with minimal filtration in January 2016.
2015 Quinta Essentia