FLEUR DU CAP NOBLE LATE HARVEST 2016
For the second year running, Fleur du Cap has triumphed as category winner at the Wine Excellence Awards, earning yet another platinum rating for its Noble Late Harvest in the 2016 South African Wine Index (SAW).
Fleur du Cap Noble late Harvest 2016
The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world's plant kingdoms yet boasts the richest biodiversity. The South American rain forest is its nearest rival, but contains only a third of the number of plant species found in the Cape. Fleur du Cap's Bergkelder selection aims to capture the abundance and subtlety of the flavours nurtured by its unique vineyards established in this region.
The Fleur du Cap vineyards are situated on the south and east-facing slopes of the valley separating the Hottentots-Holland and Helderberg Mountains. The estate's varietals therefore grow in a mild climate, with natural protection from the afternoon sun. The nearby Atlantic breathes cooling breezes over the valley, allowing Fleur du Cap's varietals to take their time in growing into proud, richly flavoured grapes.
Die Bergkelder's official winemaker of white wines, Pieter Badenhorst, only uses 100% Chenin Blanc grapes to craft this superb wine. Starting with a light pressing, he transfers the juice back into the skins for a further sixteen hours of skin contact. The next morning, he presses them again, inoculating the juice with pure yeast and fermenting it at 16 - 18°C. Halfway through firmentation - when reaching the perfect balance of sugar, alcohol and acidity - he stops the process, leaving it to think for 70 days. Just before bottling, this well-rested wine is given a light fining and filtration.
- Brilliant gold with lime green specs.
- On the nose, the wine shows attractive aromas of raisins, honey, litchi and dried fruit with typical dusty botrytis aromas in the background.
- On the palate the acidity and fruity notes dominated by peach and dried fruit flavours find a beautiful balance, leaving a sublime after taste that just lingers forever.
Tasting comments by Fleur du Cap winemaker, Pieter Badenhorst.
Noble Late Harvest is an excellent alternative to most sweet desserts - or simply a beautiful accompaniment to any dessert. It also goes very well with a variety of cheeses and is best served chilled.