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Doolhof Riviersteen Chenin Blanc 2017

Our belief in a few rows of chenin Blanc in the valley floor bordering the Kromme river inspired the creation of Riviersteen Chenin Blanc. What is in a name you might ask? River translates to ‘rivier’ whilst ‘steen’ refers to the South African name for Chenin Blanc, an expression of the site and vineyard.

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Tasting Notes

The vibrant nose of this wine reveals aromas of peaches, citrus, pears and slight hints of sweet oak derived vanilla charcters. These all pull together and follows through beautifully on the palate and ensures a long and well balanced finish.


Winemaker's Notes

For the Riviersteen Chenin Blanc, the grapes from three carefully selected rows of vines, as indicated on the bottle, were hand-picked in the early morning of 16 February 2016. After hand sorting, gentle pressing and clean settling over three days, the juice was naturally fermented in second and third fill French oak barrels for 11 days. No malo-lactic fermentation took place, whilst further ageing on the lees was allowed for 9 months before bottling. A total production of 800 bottles.


Analysis

Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.21%
pH: 3.33
Total Acidity: 5.6
Residual Sugar: 4.2

Serving Suggestion

Creamy Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Gammon.


Awards

Riviersteen 2016 Top Chenin blanc in Region: SA Terroir Wine Awards 2018
Top 12: Quest For The Best 2018
Riviersteen 2017 95 Points: Greg Sherwood MW 2019

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