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Glen Heatlie Grenache Blanc (2016)

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The aromas are simply gorgeous, bringing together 2 seemingly opposing areas of the flavour spectrum, citrus & dairy, into a mouthwatering harmony, with lemon yoghurt, lime sorbet & cold butter combined with an impression of quartz chippings that sprinkle the magic fairy-dust of minerality all over it and give it a sense of place. The palate shows concentration and length, carrying flavours of white pear, cream soda, lime & the lactic tang of crème fraiche onto the calm & softly tapering finish.

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    TypeWhite
    Vintage2016
    When to DrinkNow
    ProducerGlen Heatlie
    RegionPiekenierskloof, South Africa
    GrapesGrenache Blanc
    PairingDrink it on its own or with most dishes, because it’s remarkably versatile, but treat it with a little respect too, because it’s really quite stylish and could stand in for many a more familiar stalwart of the fine wine scene.
    ABV12.5%
    Volume75cl (Full Bottle)

    Here is winemaker, Joan Heatlie, for some background information about the wine:

    "For the past 5 vintages I have worked with the Grenache Blanc grapes from Piekenierskloof (north of Swartland), which is incredible dry with old bush-vines planted on decomposed sandstone, 700m above sea level. In 2016 it was by far the best in terms of grape quality. The decision to buy in 1 ton was an easy one. The harvest date was done to achieve 12.5% alcohol as that is where freshness with Grenache is retained in our growing condition. The wine was whole-bunch pressed and racked to a demi-muid (500 litre), 4th fill, tight grain French oak barrels where spontaneous fermentation took place. The wine matured for 10 months on its primary lees. Stage two involved a very unique strategy: the Grenache was racked off its primary lees into a stainless steel vessel and Chenin Blanc lees were added. The wine matured for another 6 months on a different ‘umbilical cord’ after which is was bottled unfined. Only 600 bottles were produced in this style, working with different lees components, and therefore makes it one of a kind."

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    Glen Heatlie Grenache Blanc (2016)

    Glen Heatlie Grenache Blanc (2016)

    The aromas are simply gorgeous, bringing together 2 seemingly opposing areas of the flavour spectrum, citrus & dairy, into a mouthwatering harmony, with lemon yoghurt, lime sorbet & cold butter combined with an impression of quartz chippings that sprinkle the magic fairy-dust of minerality all over it and give it a sense of place. The palate shows concentration and length, carrying flavours of white pear, cream soda, lime & the lactic tang of crème fraiche onto the calm & softly tapering finish.

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