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Remhoogte ‘Free to Be’ Chenin Blanc

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Remhoogte ‘Free to Be’ Chenin Blanc

£20.99

This is Remhoogte’s ‘orange wine’, these are the same grapes from the Honeybunch wine, just undergoing a different winemaking approach. It is left to ferment on the skins of the white Chenin Blanc grapes (2 weeks instead of 12 hours), giving it more texture and grip in the mouth. It’s also oak barrelled so the wine could develop and mature before bottling.

It is less golden than it’s Honeybunch sister and has a specific haze due to the contact with the grape skins (and it is unfiltered). The wine is a fresh, spicy and saline journey in your mouth which is much more lemon zest rather than honeysuckle. It goes incredibly well with food due to its texture and acidity, one of its defining characteristics.

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    Tasting Notes:
    This is Remhoogte’s ‘orange wine’, these are the same grapes from the Honeybunch wine, just undergoing a different winemaking approach. It is left to ferment on the skins of the white Chenin Blanc grapes (2 weeks instead of 12 hours), giving it more texture and grip in the mouth. It’s also oak barrelled so the wine could develop and mature before bottling.

    It is less golden than it’s Honeybunch sister and has a specific haze due to the contact with the grape skins (and it is unfiltered). The wine is a fresh, spicy and saline journey in your mouth which is much more lemon zest rather than honeysuckle. It goes incredibly well with food due to its texture and acidity, one of its defining characteristics.

    Grape(s): Chenin Blanc
    ABV: 13%

    About the supplier:

    Founded in 1812, Remhoogte (Dutch for ‘Brake Heights’) is situated on the steep South Western slopes of the famous Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The story starts with the land bearing not fruit, but a very, very large diamond. The diamond found on the land was one of the largest ever found on the earth, and who else would have purchased it but the Queen of England. The diamond was named the Remhoogte diamond and now sits firmly set in the queen’s crown and staff as part of the history of the Commonwealth and the British link with South Africa.

    It was the Remhootge diamond that changed the family’s trajectory, being able to invest and have the necessary capital. That said, the complex Remhoogte soils are over 250 million years old, some of the oldest of any wine region in the world, resulting in wines rich in character and authenticity with a unique sense of place. This is a true family business run by two second generation brothers Chris and Rob, taking over the running of the business from their parents Murray and Juliet Boustred.

    With the soils, slopes and terroir being perfectly suited for the production of top end red wines the focus is on Bordeaux varietals as well as South Africa’s own Pinotage. On the white wines the focus is on Chenin Blanc produced from old vines, a cultivar that performs incredibly well in this region.

    Everything is done by hand in the vineyards and cellar with the help of eight families who live and work on the estate. The philosophy in the vineyards and cellar is to interfere as little as possible during the grape growing and wine making process, farming for the future generations so sustainability is key to ensure the health of the soils and vineyards continues.

  • Additional information

    Additional information

    Country

    South Africa

    Grape

    Chenin Blanc

    Sustainability

    Organically Farmed

    Wine Club

    Wine Club

    Wine Type

    Orange Wine, White

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