Chenin Blanc, 'Slow', False Bay

CODE:  W87006
Created in 1994, a young pup by wine standards, it is not to be underestimated. Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames much of the country’s premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was born out of a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable. 'Slow' Chenin Blanc is not fermented with fast-acting, or aroma-‘enhancing’ commercially selected yeast. The grapes do not take three weeks to get from vineyard to bottle. It is crafted the wild way – old vine fruit, fermented with wild yeast found naturally on the grapes…not in a packet. This magical transformation takes at least six months. Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed from the nearby fynbos, dominate the nose, followed by a creamy lemon character. The palate is reminiscent of the nose, with great textural complexity, attributable to the long, slow wild yeast fermentation.
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