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Radford Dale Chenin Blanc 2016/17

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One Line Description Radford Dale Chenin Blanc, old bush vines, bruised apple, ripe, honeyed, top South African Chenin
Production Method Conventional
Country South Africa South African
Region Stellenbosch, SA
Producer Radford Dale
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol 12.5% vol
Terroir The vines are planted in clovely soils (decomposed granite) – which include patches of quartz – facing south across False Bay and the Southern Atlantic Ocean
Maturation All the wine was barrel-fermented and matured, using only artisanal Burgundy cooperages.
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5-8 years


Radford Dale Chenin Blanc, old bush vines, bruised apple, ripe, honeyed, top South African Chenin. Chenin Blanc from old bush vines on the Helderberg mountain. This is a recipe for delicious wine with notes of bruised apple and very ripe stone fruit, sweet honey and blossom. The wine is entirely fermented in barrels and then matured for around 9 months although no new wood is used. Very tasty white wine for Pate de Fois and some sweet fruit chutney or full flavoured fish dishes.

Radford Dale was founded in 1998 by winemakers Ben Radford and Alex Dale. They aim to produce wines that are both innovative but also sustainable and with a healthy respect for tradition. They se grapes from across the mountainous viticultural sub-regions of the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, Elgin, and the Perderberg area in the Swartland. Despite being a modern winery, they seek to preserve the sense of terroir by working with as little intervention as possible. Disease-fighting chemicals, pesticides and additives are at an absolute minimum because of the care taken to promote the vine's health and own immune system; a living ecosystem is also encouraged, promoting beneficial microorganisms and decreasing the effect of nasty ones. They have also replaced fertiliser with a composting system and bottle with as little sulphur as possible with certain wines even bottled with zero sulphur. As well as the Radford Dale range, which uses some of the best sites in the area, they also produce the Winery of Good Hope range, which adhere to many of the same principals of the premium wines, but at a price point which offers exceptional value for money.

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