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2015 Mother Rock WhiteBlend from South Africa

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"The nose is beeswax, honeycomb and a touch of roasted lime and struck match. White flowers on the edges, from some of the more aromatic varietals in the blend. The palate is s...

  • 91 Wine Spectator
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"This sports ripe tangerine, clementine and persimmon notes, offset by racy streaks of honeysuckle, quinine and salted almond. A lingering lemon gélee accent adds length. Distinctive and delicious. Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Sémillon and Hárslevelü. Drink now through 2019. 435 cases made. -JM"

Product Description:

"The nose is beeswax, honeycomb and a touch of roasted lime and struck match. White flowers on the edges, from some of the more aromatic varietals in the blend. The palate is striking. Brilliant tropical fruits with a juicy, fleshy texture. It's a wine that dances on your palate a bit longer than most others - it just feels and tastes amazing, with just enough citrus to tie it all together. So incredibly drinkable and delicious, this is one to buy in quantity.

Grapes are sourced from 5 different sites in the Swartland. The Chenin Blanc is planted on granite, koffieklip, and schist soils, the Viognier and the Harslevelu are planted on decomposed granite and clay, the Grenche Blanc is planted on decomposed granite and Malmesbury shale, and the Sémillon on granite and sand. Vineyards are farmed organically with minimal intervention. Vines are mostly dry farmed bush vines. All grapes were handpicked in the early morning during cooler weather, placed into lug boxes (smaller quantities mean reduced compaction and damage to the fruit) and then moved to cellar. Grapes are fermented with natural yeast, half in stainless steel at 58°F, and half in older 300 liter barrels. 15% of grapes were whole bunch fermented and spent 4 weeks on the skins. The wine ages for 12 months on the gross lees, after which it is blended and bottled without fining or filtering." - Importer

Product Detail

Item # 100869
Country South Africa
Region Coastal Region
Sub-Region Swartland
Ratings

91 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2015
Color White
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Semillon, Harslevelu
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste honeysuckle, quince, melon, cantaloupe, honey, orange, mango, kiwi, tangerine, citrus, pear, banana, peach, fig, lemon, saffron, grass, bell pepper, lime, marzipan, blood orange and apricot
Nose honeydew, iodine, grass, citrus, melon, kiwi, orange blossom, acacia, violet, anise, mint, honey, slate, almond, apricot, quince, pineapple, cream, spice, pollen and elderflower