Cape of Good Hope

Caroline

Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland towards iconic Table Mountain. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. The vines for this blend are all planted on south facing slopes at elevations of 350 – 400m above sea level. The oldest Chenin Blanc bush vines were planted in 1987, and more recently a small parcel of Chenin Blanc was planted in 2013. The higher density plantings of Viognier (2009), Roussanne (2009) and Marsanne (2011/12) are all échalas trellised (each vine is trained on its own wooden stake).

The warmer regions, such as this were most severely affected by the continuing drought conditions in the Western Cape which resulted in extremely low yields of high quality fruit with great concentration and flavour.

Tasting Notes

Caroline

The Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. The Marsanne (2012/11), Roussanne (2009) and Viognier (2009) vineyards are trellised in the typical &halm Rhone style ("stok by paaltjie"), while the Chenin Blanc (1988) vineyard is bush vine.

The fruit was harvested by hand at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in small lug-boxes in refrigerated trucks. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice settled overnight before fermentation separately in both stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. The wine spent 8 months on the lees in French Oak (9% new) and stainless steel (59%) before being blended and bottled.

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Tasting Notes

Caroline

The Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. The Marsanne (2012/11), Roussanne (2009) and Viognier (2009) vineyards are trellised in the typical &halm Rhone style ("stok by paaltjie"), while the Chenin blanc vineyard (1988) is bushvine.

The fruit was harvested by hand at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in small lug-boxes in refrigerated trucks. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the juice settled overnight before fermentation took place separately in both stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. The wine spent 9 months on the lees in French oak (9% new) and stainless steel (58%) before being bottled in October.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Honey suckle, dried peaches and yellow stone fruit on nose, with baked pear, macadamia nuts and whiffs of vanilla creates an enticing nose. The palate is rich and layered, with vanilla follow through, dried peaches and stone fruit sweetness. The overall result is a delicately balanced wine with soft acidity and a pithy, dry texture. A well rounded and textural wine with wonderful food pairing potential.

Vintage notes

The warmer regions, such as this were most severely affected by the continuing drought conditions in the Western Cape which resulted in extremely low yields of high quality fruit with great concentration and flavour.

Average Temperature

17.32 °C

Rainfall

514.8mm

Harvest

01 February 2018 - Chenin Blanc
05 February 2018 - Viognier
16 February 2018 - Roussanne
19 February 2018 - Marsanne

Origin

Riebeeksrivier

Soil Type

Decomposed Shale & Clay

Blend

50% Marsanne, 36% Roussanne, 13% Chenin Blanc, 1% Viognier

Tasting Notes

Attractive complexity to the nose, which offers up oranges, autumn, leaves, lees and even a richer note of vanilla. That complexity is apparent in the mouth too. It is structured, rich and textural with creamy vanilla notes from oak maturation beautifully integrated and offset by the bright, zesty freshness of stone fruit and citrus. Elegant and poised with lovely integrated oak. Long, lingering aftertaste.

Vintage Notes

Warmer, drier conditions than usual between March and November with below average rainfall. The 2016 yield was slightly lower, and the smaller berries produced wines of great flavour, balance and concentration, despite the slightly lower acid levels due to the warmer conditions.

Average Temperature

17.32 °C

Rainfall

473.6mm

Harvesting

27 JAN 2016 - 11 FEB 2016
Chenin Blanc: 27/01/2016
Viognier: 29/01/2016
Roussanne: 04/02/2016
Marsanne: 05/02/2016

Origin of Fruit

Swartland / Riebeeksrivier

Soil Type

Decomposed Malmesbury Shale / Shale and clay

Blend

Chenin Blanc (46%), Viognier (15%) , Roussanne (11%), Marsanne (28%)

Tasting Notes

Delicate orange blossom floral notes overlay more distinctive creamy citrus peel on the nose. Ripe honeyed peaches drenched in cream, but the palate is not big and bold. It's refined and elegant. A zesty lemon pith note keeps it fresh and lively. Delightful integration of oak and fruit, utterly seamless and harmonious. Serious, nuanced and layered with beautifully smooth mouthfeel and a prolonged, rewarding finish.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 season will go down as one of the earliest and best vintages in decades. Warm weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. Yields were slightly lower, and the smaller berries produced wines of exceptional flavour, balance and concentration.

Average Temperature

17.6°C

Rainfall

645.17mm

Harvesting

Chenin blanc: 30/01/2015 Viognier: 04/02/2015 Marsanne: 03/02/2015 Roussanne: 05/02/2015

Origin of Fruit

Swartland

Soil Type

Decomposed Malmesbury Shale

Yield

8ton/ha

Blend

Chenin blanc (40%) Roussanne (26%) Marsanne (20%) Viognier (14%)

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