Dekker’s Valley Seraphic 2018 (Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc/Viognier)
An unwooded blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Viognier that was co-fermented to provide an integrated expression of fruit purity. Floral hints of peach and apricot blossom on the nose from the aromatic characteristics of Viognier give way to apple crispness on the initial palate, following through to the full ripeness of Canteloup melon.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 51% Chenin Blanc, 29% Chardonnay , 20% Viognier
VINEYARD LOCATION: On the farm Dekkersvlei in Klein Drakenstein near Paarl at 254 meters above sea level
VINE AGE: From 9 to 34 years
SOIL: Decomposed Granite
AVERAGE YIELD: 5 tons per hectare (35hl/ha).
IRRIGATION: Most of the vines are trellised with drip irrigation but the Chenin Blanc is 34 year-old bush vines with no irrigation.
HARVEST: 1st to 12th February 2018
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.0 g/li
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.4 g/li
ALCOHOL: 13.29 % vol
SERVING TEMP: Between 10/12 °C
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Fresh summer salads and seafood
Yeast (Zymaflore® VL3) was inoculated after 48 hours of juice settlement of the first
cultivar, Chardonnay, and then the other varieties were added sequentially upon
intake and co-fermented for 21 days at an average temperature of 14˚C until dry.
An addition of tartaric acid was made as the juice was racked off the settlement lees
to correct pH pre fermentation. The wine was unwooded, made in a reductive style,
remaining in tank until the bottling date. Protein stabilisation of the wine was
carried out using bentonite, and tartrate stabilisation was undertaken prior to
bottling. The wine was fined in tank using gelatine and careful racking. No filtering
of the wine was undertaken except at bottling when a split 70/110 AF sterile
filtration was used.
Seraphic – the name means blissful, joyful, angelic or fruitful
- Range: Dekkers Valley