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Raised by Wolves Driehoek Chenin Blanc

Yardstick, Raised by Wolves Driehoek Chenin Blanc 2016

R255

13 in stock

Notes

100% Chenin Blanc, Polkadraai, Stellenbosch

Raised by Wolves is the brainchild of Adam Mason, winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards. The name is a parody of the constant one-upmanship of winemakers: "My wine is a single vineyard." ... "Yeah, well my wine is naturally fermented." ... "Oh yeah, well my wine is hand sorted by berry." And Adam's response: "Well my wines are all of the above, and I was raised by wolves."

The Raised by Wolves wines are all vinified with minimalistic intervention to allow the true character of the varietal and the site-specific terroir to shine through.

Winemakers notes:
The Montpellier, or ‘Lost’ clone holds special reverence amongst South African producers of Chenin Blanc. Up until the 1990’s it was widely planted until newer, heavier yielding clones became available and it was mostly replaced. Although commercially extinct, it is perhaps one of the finest quality selections of Chenin Blanc producing naturally lower yields and wines of richness and depth of flavour, often with a pithy texture and a refreshing citrus twist. Happy was I to secure a tiny triangular (driehoek) parcel of these coveted vines from friend and grower, Deon Joubert.

Tasting notes:
'Using the same Montpellier clone as the Mulderbosch Block A Chenin (it’s the same grower too), this comes from a warmer, north-facing parcel that was picked early in 2016 to retain acidity. Rich and dense, with honeyed spice and bright acidity. Drink 2017-20.' Tim Atkin Special Report 2017, 90/100

Analysis:
Alc: 13.45% RS: 2.6 g/L TA: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.46

100% Chenin Blanc, Polkadraai, Stellenbosch

Raised by Wolves is the brainchild of Adam Mason, winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards. The name is a parody of the constant one-upmanship of winemakers: "My wine is a single vineyard." ... "Yeah, well my wine is naturally fermented." ... "Oh yeah, well my wine is hand sorted by berry." And Adam's response: "Well my wines are all of the above, and I was raised by wolves."

The Raised by Wolves wines are all vinified with minimalistic intervention to allow the true character of the varietal and the site-specific terroir to shine through.

Winemakers notes:
The Montpellier, or ‘Lost’ clone holds special reverence amongst South African producers of Chenin Blanc. Up until the 1990’s it was widely planted until newer, heavier yielding clones became available and it was mostly replaced. Although commercially extinct, it is perhaps one of the finest quality selections of Chenin Blanc producing naturally lower yields and wines of richness and depth of flavour, often with a pithy texture and a refreshing citrus twist. Happy was I to secure a tiny triangular (driehoek) parcel of these coveted vines from friend and grower, Deon Joubert.

Tasting notes:
'Using the same Montpellier clone as the Mulderbosch Block A Chenin (it’s the same grower too), this comes from a warmer, north-facing parcel that was picked early in 2016 to retain acidity. Rich and dense, with honeyed spice and bright acidity. Drink 2017-20.' Tim Atkin Special Report 2017, 90/100

Analysis:
Alc: 13.45% RS: 2.6 g/L TA: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.46

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Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

White

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