Mother Rock - Liquid Skin (2019)
Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
Vineyard: Single Site on the outskirts of Malmesbury
Vine Age: 42 years old
Yield: 2 tons per acre
Soil Type: Granitic Sand with Koffie Klip over Clay
Skin Contact: 9 weeks on skins and stems
Oak: 10 months in neutral French puncheons
Chenin Blanc for this wine is sourced from a dry-farmed, southeast facing bush vine plot planted in 1973 on the outskirts of Malmesbury. It has been farmed organically since 2009. Much of the region has shale based soils, though this site has an abundance of decomposed granitic sand (adding delicacy) with Koffie Klip (ironstone) that brings plenty of power and minerality.
Oxidation is allowed before ferment to add complexity and longevity. The grapes are entirely naturally, whole bunch fermented on skins for two weeks after which they stayed post ferment for another seven weeks on skins and stems. The wine was aged in old 500L French oak for 10 months on the gross lees after witch the wine was racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered in December.
Deep golden orange. Complex aromas of exotic fruits, apricot, honey glazed nuts, and kumquat marmalade. The palate shows more freshness and liveliness than the nose would lead you to believe. Layers of ripe fruit with chalk-like minerality and rampant acidity keep things vivid. plenty This is serious and structured, but also incredibly drinkable.