Swartland Winery, Granite Rock Blend White, 2017

Swartland Winery, Granite Rock Blend White, 2017

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Crystalline lemon aromas open out to a creamy and spicy palate with notes of ripe apple

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Vintage - 2017

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Chenin Blanc 40%, Chardonnay 20%, Roussanne 20%, Viognier 20%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn't be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is definitely worth talking about!

The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous "renosterbos" or rhino bush, which appears to turn black, ("Swart" in Afrikaans), during the summer months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600mm, but the altitude of these vineyards creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount. Sowing cover crops between the vines provides protection from the winter rains and also maintains the valuable mineral content, nutrients and moisture during the hot summers. 80% of the vineyards are small bush vines with an average yield of six tonnes per hectare; the quality of fruit is exceptional. The soil types vary, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone. The gravel sub-structure of the soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry climate.

A Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Roussanne blend. The 100% Swartland region grapes were harvested at each of their optimal ripeness levels. The skins, pips and stems were removed and the juice was fermented at controlled temperatures of 13°C to14°C, with aromatic yeast strains. After the fermentation, the wine was stabilised, filtered and bottled to preserve the freshness.

Upfront tropical fruit and citrus aromas complement each other, with a hint of butterscotch. A well balanced wine with great complexity, the rich and ripe fruit flavours, linger pleasantly on the finish. Try partnering with cheese platters; or mild chicken and seafood curries.