Vondeling Babiana 2014 13.6%
VONDELING BABIANA 2014 (Chenin Blanc 50%, Chardonnay 24%, Grenache Blanc13%, Viognier 13%.
The Babiana noctiflora is a rare species of fynbos found only on the Paardeberg Mountain. It has is a delicate yellow
flower, which releases its scent in the evenings to attract moths for pollination.
The Chenin Blanc originates from a 30 year-old vineyard, aptly named The Graveyard in respect to the historic family graveyard it encloses. The vines naturally yield no more than 5 tons/ha. Their age and low yield ensures consistent quality and concentration, which is why it forms the backbone of our blend. The fullness of the Chenin is tempered by the verve and high aromatics of the Grenache Blanc and Viognier. The Chardonnay is also essential for freshness and lift.
All grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness and refrigerated for 24hrs before being processed. The Chenin (and Chardonnay) is whole bunch press and no sulphur added to promote wild yeast development. The unsettled juice is then rapidly transferred to barrel for natural fermentation. Although a nerve-racking process, this method lends structure, complexity and longevity to the wine.
The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation and is matured 10 months on the lees before being racked, blended and bottled.
Colour: Pale, straw-like yellow with a bright green hue.
Nose: Great tension and poise brimming with roasted almonds, sweet cashew, Turkish delight, lime zest, apricot and orange marmalade, wild honey and pineapple.
Palate: Fresh, vibrant and textured with weighted density and length. Layers of rolled oats, white pepper, floral jasmine, mint, ginger and creamy lemon meringue aptly supported by subtle and reserved oak presence.
Pairing: A complex wine suitable to many an evening dish. Enjoy with rabbit in white wine sauce and shallots. Simple, aromatic Asian dishes or rich seafood
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