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Solms-Delta Chenin Blanc 2016

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Tasting Notes: 
Ripe summer fruits of guava, apple and banana. The wine has a juicy mid palate with hints of stone fruit followed by a fresh clean finish on the palate.

Label Detail:
Nicknamed “Vastrap” ( meaning “trample”) after the style of music which unites Khoesan trance-dance with Dutch folk music. Played on any instrument such as concertinas, homemade violins, banjos and ‘blik-kitaars’. The traditional excuse for a Vastrap party was the trampling of a newly laid cow-dung floor; but the ancestors are said to have preferred the open air.

Enjoy it at any informal occasion, poolside or picnic. Pairs well with fish, chicken, salad or pizza.

Grape Varietals: Chenin Blanc
Style of Wine: Dry, fresh and fruity Chenin blanc
Vinification: The grapes where crushed, pressed and then settled overnight to obtain clear juice. The juice was then fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks to retain freshness and up front fruit flavors. A portion of the wine was fermented in old oak barrels to add a textural component to the blend.
Maturation: The wine was aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks for 6 months

Alcohol 13% Vol
Residual Sugar 3 g/l
Total Acidity 5.2 g/l
pH 3.46

Winery: Solms Delta Winery

Produced by Solms-Delta (Pty) Ltd, which is a joint venture between the Solms and Astor families and the Wijn de Caab Trust, the beneficiaries of which are the historically disadvantaged residents and employees of Delta farm and its environs.

The South African roots of world-renowned neuroscientist Professor Mark Solms brought him back home in 2002 to revitalise the historic Delta wine estate … and to fundamentally rethink Cape wine-making traditions in the process.

Solms assumed custodianship of the 320-year-old estate with a vision that went much deeper than re-establishing its vineyards and cellars. He also wanted to do something about the legacy of his European forebears (who had settled in the Cape six generations before) and thereby address the pressing social and economic problems facing South Africa today.

First he planted Rhône varietals, ideally suited to the dry, hot and windy ‘Mediterranean’ climate of the Franschhoek Valley. Then he and the winemaker Hilko Hegewisch introduced desiccation – a largely forgotten, ancient mediterranean vineyard practice.

The result is a stable of wines that delivers a new, uniquely South African style. These are classical wines with a difference: made from grapes desiccated on the vine in the manner of the ancient Greeks, using selected French varietals that are known to thrive in Mediterranean climes, intelligently blended with the tried-and-tested favourite grape varietals of the old Cape. The wines offer a cascade of tastes and styles, all with a distinctive sense of place.

Label Detail:

Nicknamed “Vastrap” ( meaning “trample”) after the style of music which unites Khoesan trance-dance with Dutch folk music. Played on any instrument such as concertinas, homemade violins, banjos and ‘blik-kitaars’. The traditional excuse for a Vastrap party was the trampling of a newly laid cow-dung floor; but the ancestors are said to have preferred the open air.

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Tasting Notes: 
Dark fruits of plum, prune and cassis. The wine has subtle hints of oak spice with notes of liquorice and mint that leads to a smooth, generous palate.

Label Detail:
Nicknamed “Langarm” (meaning “straight-arm”) after a dance that captures the mood of the Cape at the end of a long working week. It can be danced to just about any kind of music, but ‘Boeremusiek’ is definitely best. We dance it with our arms extended like melodramatic windsurfers. Outsiders find it comical, but that is only until they have tried it.

Enjoy it on its own, or at any informal occasion, al fresco at a braai, or around a convivial dinner table, paired with hearty peasant dishes.

Grape Varietals: Shiraz
Style of Wine: Dry, lightly oaked Shiraz
Vinification: Traditional pump overs. Fermentation takes place at warm temperatures for maximum fruit extraction. The wine is pressed of once dry and undergoes malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Maturation: The wine was matured for 12 months in seasoned French oak barrels

Alcohol 13.5% Vol
Residual Sugar 4.1 g/l
Total Acidity 5.2 g/l
pH 3.78

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Dark in the glass.  A powerful nose of blackberry evokes the garrigue and  spices aromas. Rounded with a silky texture. Ripe and extracted, with  soft vanilla nuances are carried by a good length. A good combination of power, elegance and finesse.

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