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Aravina Estate Block 4 Chenin Blanc

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale lemon.

Nose: Aromas of fresh lemon, grapefruit and pear with underlying vanillin oak.

Palate: Dry, fresh acid structure with ripe white nectarine and yellow fruits such as lemon and pear. There is a lovely rich texture on the mid palate, originating from time ‘on lees’ and barrel fermentation. The wine displays pronounced flavour intensity and a long finish.

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for up to eight years.

Alcohol: 13.9%

Winemaking: The strongest section of the Chenin Blanc west block (block 4) was hand picked in the early hours of the morning on 4 March 2014. Whole bunches were transported directly to the winery and chilled for 24 hours prior to being whole bunch pressed using a gentle press cycle to avoid over extraction. Post settling, the juice was racked (including a small amount of lees) and then transferred to seasoned (older) French oak barriques for fermentation. No cultured yeast was added and the wine was allowed to go through a natural fermentation process. The wine spent nine months in seasoned oak and “on lees.” The final blend was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.

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Aravina Estate Block 4 Chenin Blanc

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Ray Jordan (2014 Vintage) says
Not your usual chenin blanc. This one has had extrended lees contact and time in older French oak, creating new layers of flavour complexity. The aromas are an enticing mix of stone fruit and bright lemon and pear, while the palate delivers a creamy, slightly nutty flavour. Most appealing impressive expression of the variety and a terrific food wine.
Now to 2023
Weekend West
93
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Wild yeast barrel-fermented. Chenin blanc responds far better to this type of vinification than verdelho, if nothing else due to its better acidity that — as here — underwrites its length. This is no mean wine, and will repay cellaring handsomely.
Wine Companion
93

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