TASTING NOTES

Church Stellenbosch 2020 - by Samarie Smith

 

Pronounced | Pale lemon, green tinge colour | Med Acidity | Med+ body | Med Alc. | med+ finish

Nose
There is an inviting luminosity to this wine, somewhat steely and mineral, with a lemongrass pungency. Slightly more herbaceously toned with more sanguine fruit, mellow notes of baked lemon, citrus blossom, and fresh thyme reins you in. Served at a somewhat cooler temperature than expected, will unleash a sense of joie de vivre captured in a display of crunchy granny smith apples, young apricots, and green figs.

Palate
The palate is perky with a note of old-fashioned lemon drop candy. Ripe lemon and greengage indicate youth with a crackling acidity that suits its ebullient nature, trailed with hints of thyme and oregano. Albeit somewhat lean in essence, a lively, almost salty acidity persists with a medium-plus finish.

 

Plate
Serve this wine with equally savoury delights. A plate of blanched asparagus, wafer-thin Parma ham shavings, and a dash of truffle oil will elevate the fruit in the wine. And to highlight the acidity, slice up some sweet, ripe melon.

Church Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2020

Origin: Stellenbosch
100% Chenin Blanc

Vineyard
The fruit is sourced from the Bushvines in the Polkadraai Hills and Bottelary Hill wards in Stellenbosch.

Winemaking
The grapes are 100% whole bunch pressed with Champagne cycle on a pneumatic press. Spontane- ous malolactic fermentation and maturation takes place in barrique. Fermentation peaks at 20°C. The barrels are 100% French, mainly Damy, D&J’s Marcel Cadet and Taransaud 225 and 300 Litres. Maturation occurs at 11 months in second,third and forth fill oak barrels. Maturation on gross lees. Stirring of lees only during the first couple of months. IPW certified. Vegan-friendly. Yield average of 6ton/ha.

 

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