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Delheim Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc 2016 – Indigenous-Yeast Fermented Chenin

Delheim, Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Wine Casual

Delheim, Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Tasting Note: Pale-intensity lemon in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of lychee, lemon citrus and green apple.

On the palate the dry, medium-bodied chenin blanc has medium-plus acidity with aromas on the nose continuing to the palate as flavors along with some notes of vanilla and clove.

There is some mid-palate complexity as a consequence of the wine’s indigenous-yeast fermentation.

The wine sees 34% stainless steel and the rest new, first-use, French oak.

Bottle Note: Michael (Spatz) Sperling’s family have been passionately crafting wines of character at their beautiful Simonsberg cellar for more than seventy years. Their hospitality makes visiting worth the journey. Unirrigated vineyards, fermentation with indigenous yeast and ageing on the lees, lead this wine to be an honest expression of Delheim chenin blanc. Unique, refined, and elegant.

Rating: 89 points
Price: $8 US (February 2018 Currency conversion rate), 100 South African Rand (ZAR)
Alcohol: 13.5%
Tasted: Delheim Winery Tasting Room, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Date: January 19, 2018

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