Origin: Walker Bay W.O. South Africa
Taste guide: Dry, green fruit flavours with hints of citrus and melon, flinty notes, unoaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Barton Vineyards, encompassing some 30 hectares, are set on the gentle slopes of the Kogelberg, some 180 metres above sea level, overlooking the Botriver Valley to Walker Bay. They are planted on southerly slopes where exposure to the cool sea breezes give a slow and extended grape ripening period giving flavour and acidity to the Chenin Blanc, which was Barton's first planting.
The grapes were handpicked in the cool of the early morning at optimum ripeness, crushed, destalked and selected at Barton Cellar prior to being subjected to a gentle press. The juice (or must) was settled at 10ºC then racked prior to fermentation. The juice was handled as reductively as possible. Fermentation temperature was kept between 10ºC and 14ºC. The fermentation was completed after 24 days and the wine was left on the lees for 4 months before racking and bottling.
The wine is silky smooth and medium-bodied with green apple and white pear on the nose. Balanced and well-structured with tropical fruit and hints of apricot, pineapple and honey on the palate which linger on the after taste.
This wine was awarded a Silver Medal at the IWSC 2014 and a Silver Medal at the Michelangelo 2014 awards.
Ideal with salads, mild to spicy rice dishes, sushi, seafood and white meats - or just on its own as an aperitif.
This vintage is still drinking very well but is at its optimum now, so drink and enjoy.
This vintage is reflected in our further reduced price of £5.25 for a wine which sells for up to £10 with other internet sellers.