2017

Noble Late Harvest

Taste the changing of the seasons in this beautiful and true Noble Late Harvest.

R220.00 /500ml

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VARIETAL

100% Viognier

APPELLATION

Cape Agulhas

VINTAGE

2017

COLOUR

Liquid gold

BOUQUET

Expressive floral aromas of ripe and dried tropical fruit, a hint of honeysuckle

TASTE

Crisp acidity with honey overtones

AWARDS

Veritas Gold, 600 bottles made

ALCOHOL

12,8%

TOTAL ACIDITY

7,40 g/L

pH

3,50

RESIDUAL SUGAR

192 g/L

VOLUME

500 mL

Wine specs

Vineyards

The Viognier vineyards are planted in north-west facing blocks overlooking the dam in sandy, gravelly and highly weathered soils with a clay substructure.

The aspect of the vineyard and climatic conditions are essential ingredients in creating a NLH as you need two specific weather conditions to occur on the same day – misty mornings to encourage the fungus to grow, and then sunny afternoons which arrest that growth and stop the fungus turning into the unusable grey rot.

Despite the winemakers best efforts, one can never be certain of a successful harvest.

Wine specs

Winemaking

Noble Late Harvest or NLH are wines made from grapes infected with noble rot. Officially known as Botrytis Cinerea, which is a fungus which attaches itself to the skins of grapes. Crucially, it doesn’t cause the skins to split; it simply leeches out the water, making the sugars and acids in the grapes super-concentrated.

The grapes are carefully hand-harvested at 42 Balling and crushed. The sweetness levels of the resulting grape juice are so high that it would be impossible for a yeast to ever ferment the wine to dry. Instead, it gives up, dies, is removed from the wine and the result is small quantities of luscious, sweet dessert wine.

The wine are matured in 3rd fill French oak barrels for 12 months.

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