Ridgeback Chenin Blanc
The bunches harvested for this rich premium wine were destemmed without
crushing, retaining a whole-berry component to press at about 70%.
Juice was settled overnight with pectalytic enzyme in a stainless-steel tank
and then the clear juice was gravity fed to 400-litre French, Hungarian and
Romanian oak barrels.
All barrels underwent natural fermentation to start and were then inoculated
with a commercial yeast strain to ensure ferment to dryness. For additional
complexity a small portion (3%) of natural sweet Viognier was included in
The wine was matured for 8 months in 17% new oak barrels and batonaged
regularly to develop mouthfeel, then received a light filtration before bottling.
Rich, upfront notes of pineapple and sweet orange blossom evolve to a fresh,
juicy midpalate with hints of lemon zest and white peach lingering on the