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Filia Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2013

ID No: 443095
Country:South Africa
Region:Swartland Region
Grape Type:Chenin Blanc
Winery:Huis Van Chevallerie
Organic:Yes
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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc La Fontaine 2013

 

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Yellow-gold color. The nose is rich in aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, quince and honey, with a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the same aromas appear together with a fatness combining exotic fruit and vanilla : the wine is rich, generous and elegant, with extraordinary length. "La Fontaine" is often considerated to be one of the best Châteauneuf du Pape white, and it is by definition a superb gastronomy wine.

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Product Description

Chevallerie Filia Chenin Blanc Brut Nature has An initial burst of freshly baked brioche, lime zest & tart kumquat unfurl from the fine mousse with wisps of crisp green apple, lemon curd, subtle white pear and yeasty notes from extended bottle maturation; while zippy acidity and an unmistakable mineral finish whet the palate begging one to return for another sip.

Hand harvested, the fruit was whole-bunch pressed at the lowest possible pressure, with only the finest free-run juice kept and settled over-night.

Natural ferment, secondary bottle fermentation, bottle tempered 14 months & zero dosage
• Style: Brut / Brut Nature - Dry traditional bottle fermented Kap Klassiek
• Alc. 12% Vol
• pH 2.99
• Total Acidity 6.8 g/L

Chevallerie Filia Chenin Blanc Brut Nature is delicious on its own as an aperitif, but also delicious with seafood, such as scallops, seared sea bass or walleye pike.

Winery: Huis Van Chevallerie

Huis Van Chevallerie is responsible for producing some of the Best Sparkling Wines from the Swartland. Their Sparkling Chenin Blanc Brut Nature is called Filia.

 
Huis Van Chevallerie Estate Info
Date Founded: 2002
Owner: Christa, Julie von La Chevallerie and Gerda Klostermann (von La Chevallerie)
Winery Philosophy: Producing the Best Sparkling Wines from the Swartland / South Africa for the World to Enjoy.

Origin of the winery's name:
It’s the surname we were allocated with and due to the fact that Domains is referred to as Estate and needs special registration, we decided on Huis (afrikaans word for Domaine) van (afrikaans for the German aristocratic titel von )van Chevallerie.

First generation German born here on the Farm where we farm the grapes, my father Juergen bought the little 110ha/271 acre farm in 1956. My grandmother even farmed here with him for 10 years before my father got married to my mom in 1970, my sister and I were born here and grew up on the farm.

 

Winery Acreage: 49 acres
Winery Production: 937 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Chenin Blanc and Pinotage
Winemaker: Christa von La Chevallerie

Huis Van Chevallerie Vineyards:
Nuwedam Farm, is situated in the Paardeberg, just off the R45 outside Malmesbury, and is the Chevallerie owned corner of some unique Swartland terroir – purchased by our father, Juergen von La Chevallerie in 1956.


Old Chenin Blanc bush vines, yielding the clusters of fruit for my Kap Klassiek were planted by him in 1976. At an altitude of 330 m the vines are planted on a north-northeastern facing slope, which means that they have no respite from the merciless summer sun which bakes the Swartland during the summer. These old vines rely here solely on the winter rains and the minimal stores of subterranean water that lies deep beneath the surface.


However, the elevation, the clay content of the soils, the frequent summer showers and an almost clockwork breeze which tumbles down the Paardeberg during the summer months significantly cools the vines creating the ideal micro-climate for the fruit to ripen optimally. Vineyards are all dry-land farmed and we apply environmentally friendly farming to ensure continued health of these old bush vines and the surrounding environment – as healthy soils, provide healthy vines.
Production from these old vines is extremely low; they only produce as much fruit as they are “comfortable with” and for the past few years, that has meant a meager yield of 1.2 tons/hectare (9hâ„“/ha). However, the fruit these vines produce possess an exceptional richness, complexity and depth of flavour – even though the fruit is harvested at relatively low sugar levels, the inherent Chenin richness comes to the fore.

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Soil: Clay loam
pruning technique: Cordon trained, spur pruned
Altitude: 520m above sea level
Irrigation: Not irrigated
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Alcohol: 10% ABV
Acidity: 5.7 g/L
pH: 3.15
RS: 4.29 g/100ML

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