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Doolhof Riviersteen 2018

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

The grapes for this wine were carefully identified from three special rows in this vineyard as indicated in bronze on the bottle. They were hand-picked in the early morning, hand sorted before gentle destemming and crushing and settling over three days. The juice were partly natural fermented and partly with a cerefully selected wine yeast in three barrels. One 500 l hungarian oak, one 500 l french, both first fill and one 300 l french fourth fill. Ageing in barrel after fermentation on the yeast lees, resulted in this complex wine and afer 8 months it was bottled in December 2018.


Analysis

Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 12.05%
pH: 3.46
Total Acidity: 5.46
Residual Sugar: 1.4

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
Trophy: Best Single Vineyard Wine Terroir 2019
National Winner: Best Chenin Blanc SA – Terroir 2019

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