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Steen

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750 ml (Standard)

2018


Cultivar:

100% Chenin Blanc

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

14.32% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.66
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 5+ yrs
Origin: Olifants River Appellation: Piekenierskloof

Tasting Notes:

"Concrete egg, wood and amphora elements all add to the complexity of this wine, which comes from high altitude Piekenierskloof. It’s a fresh, elegant, fruit-focused style of Chenin with white pepper and pear tart flavours." TA

Lime
Lime

Pear
Pear

White Pepper
White Pepper

Minerality
Minerality

Donkiesbaai on the West Coast of South Africa has been the vacation home to the Engelbrecht family for four generations. Crayfish, Harders and a cold glass of Steen (Chenin Blanc) is part of the history that is Donkiesbaai. With this wine we raise a glass to family and friendships.

The two vineyards of Steen are 38 years and 20 years old respectively. These unirrigated dryland bush vines are planted in deep sandy soils and yield an average of 3 tons per hectare. The vineyards are farmed to produce the best possible quality and to express the purity of the site. The extreme heat and dryland conditions necessitate deep root development which serves as a great buffer against the harsh growing conditions.

Donkiesbaai Steen is made of 5 components. 15% is fermented in stainless steel tanks and transferred to old barrels for 6 months maturation. 50% is fermented in French Oak barrels then racked off the gross lees and matured in a combination of new (5%) and seasoned barrels. 20% fermented spontaneously and matured in concrete eggs on the lees. Fourthly, 10% fermented spontaneously in clay Amphoras to retain the fresh fruit and natural acidity of the Steen. 5% fresh wine stored in the tank is blended in adding freshness prior to bottling. No Sulphur was used during maturation.

Food pairing

Asparagus mousse, peas and oyster.

White Fish Seafood Poultry Vegetables
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