Goldish colour with fresh green tint. Complex nose with combinations of pineapple and apricot aromas. These aromas are well supported by a nutty to vanilla spice. This wine has a full bodied creamy palate with a balanced sweet-sour tang and a long lasting aftertaste.
Hand picked in the cool of the night to retain freshness and flavours. 10% was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and lay on fermentation lees for 11 months before blending. 60% of the wine was fermented with natural yeast.
90% Barrel fermented in 70% new Hungarian and French oak, 30% 2nd fill 300 litre French oak barrels and matured for a further 11 months before racking, blending (with tank fermented portion) and bottling. 60% of barrel fermentation was with natural yeast. Elegance, finesse and concentrated fruit reflecting the true character of the cultivar from our soils are the hallmarks of Rijk's Private Cellar wines. This wine was aged in the bottle for 1 year and 11 months and finally released in February, 2009.
|John Platter Ratings||4.5 stars|
|Winery / Producer||Rijk's Private Cellar|
|Winemaker||Pierre Wahl and Lukas van Loggerenberg|
|Maturity||Ready, but will keep|
|Grape Variety||Chenin Blanc|
|Bottle Size||Bottle 75cl|
|Residual Sugar||8.0 g/l|