Adam Mason, Winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards, makes a range of Chenin Blancs called The Single Vineyard Block. Grapes from three different vineyards are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and during elevation in the cellar. The three blocks are harvested in the same way and then brought to the cellar where they are whole bunch pressed. The juice is then settled over night and the clean juice is then taken off to 225 lire previously filled French oak barrels for fermentation and maturation. Once the fermentation was complete, the wine lay for 10 months maturing in the barrels. The wines were then racked and prepared for bottling in the January of the following year. They will continue positive maturation for up to ten years from vintage if correctly stored.
The wines are all from the 2016 vintage, all vineyards are in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation and subject to the maritime breezes off False Bay in the afternoons ameliorating the summer heat in the vineyards, allowing a slowdown in ripening which results in more flavour in the wine.
The Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block A
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle. In the glass, gem bright in colour – pale golden straw. Whiffs of white tropical flowers, fynbos honey and soft dried mango slices. Sappy on entry, filling the mouth, especially the mid palate. Beautiful balance and integration going through to a long and gently waning aftertaste.
The Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block S2
Same elegant packaging. Deeper in colour than the Black A. A dignified Chenin Blanc to be taken seriously. Notes of butterscotch and shortbread in a deeply flavoured Chenin. Dry and with notes of kelp, a golden thread of fine acidity running through from entry though to the long, satisfying ending.
The Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block W
Identical packaging for all three – simple and elegant. In the glass, a deep citrine which is matched by the intensity and ‘iron fist in velvet glove’ character. Wild flower honey notes and preserved orange lemon and lime peel. The acidity and minerality run a fine line from entry to exit. Powerful, lasting, round and accessible. Lovely wine.
They are good with
All three of these wines, for me, scream for Chicken. Dianne Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken is a partner to the heat of the Chakalaka just enough for the wine to match perfectly. Click here for her recipe.
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