Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White Blend
The Tin Mine white is an interesting lightly oaked blend from Zevenwacht, a large quality wine producer in Stellenbosch.
This wine consists of 45% Chardonnay, 31% Chenin, 19% Viognier, & 5% Roussanne.
Four different vineyards were used to make this wine. The Chardonnay & Roussanne grapes were hand harvested from South Westerly facing vineyards on Zevenwacht (Polkadraai Hills). The Viognier and Chenin were hand harvested from North-facing vineyards on Zevenrivieren (The Banhoek valley). All these vineyards are lying at altitudes that range from 300-500 meters above sea level; these higher elevated slopes tend to give the blending partners a beautiful natural acidity, resulting in a pleasant pungency. The richness and full-bodied fruit has been accentuated by the open canopies of the vineyards during ripening. All these flavours are backed with a flinty minerality from the decomposed granite soils of the Polkadraai Hills.
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at 24ºBrix and lightly crushed. After pressing the juice was settled and racked to first and second fill 500l barrels. The Viognier and Chenin were whole-bunch pressed and racked to first, second and third fill French 500l barrels, where it fermented and matured for 8 months. 10% of the Chenin grapes and all of the Roussanne were pressed, settled and the clear juice was racked to stainless steel tanks. Cool tank fermentation has allowed outstanding expression of the pungent yellow fruit characters of this component. Extended post fermentation lees contact lends a mid-palate weight and a creamy texture.
|Location||Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|Winery status||Large privately owned winery|
|Grapes||45% Chardonnay, 31% Chenin, 19% Viognier, & 5% Roussanne.|
|Style||Fragrant and dry|