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Bonfire Hill, Extreme Vineyards White, Western Cape, South Africa, 2020

Product code: 2665
Bonfire Hill, Extreme Vineyards White, Western Cape, South Africa, 2020

Viticulture

All around the far-flung edges of South African winelands are special blocks of vineyards that disappear into massive blends of often mediocre quality. This range of wines is all about plucking these vineyards from obscurity and allowing them to sing.

Winemaking

Chenin Blanc is tank fermented; Roussanne and Grenache Blanc barrel fermented, on lees for 8 months with a touch of Viognier from The Drift Estate. Destemmed to open top fermenters, 14+ days on the skins, fermented with natural yeast at 11°C, pressed in a basket press to barrel, partial malolactic fermentation.

Oak Ageing

Time: 8 Months
Type: 600L, 300L, 228L French Oak
% wine oaked: 24
% new oak: None

Tasting Note

Welcome to complex, ripe aromas of citrus and peach, backed up by the faintest sprinkling of fresh thyme and vanilla. The aromas introduce a palate altogether more complex, with rich, more-ish, juicy stone fruit, wrapped up in crunchy, refreshing, grapey acidity. Mouth-filling, delicious and succulent.

Food Matching

Spring vegetables, light seafood dishes and scallops.

Awards

Winemagazine.co.za 91 Points
67% Chenin Blanc, 12% Grenache Blanc, 12% Roussane and 9% Viognier sourced variously from Wellington, Breedekloof and Robertson. Subtle aromatics of honeysuckle, citrus and peach with spice and some earthiness in the background. The palate, meanwhile, is tightly wound with a good core of fruit to go with some phenolic grip, the finish intensely savoury. 91 Points, 2021.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Chenin Blanc 67%
Grenache Blanc 12%
Others 21%
Vegetarian Vegan
ABV:
12%

Closure:
Screw cap

Colour:
White

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl