Stellenbosch: Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2019
A rich barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc made in small quantities by boutique winemaker Carsten Migliarina. Crisp acidity balances baked Bramley apple, shortbread biscuit and hints of vanilla and confit pineapple. Subtle honey notes on the finish will become more complex and intense with bottle age. Delicious with creamy poultry dishes, soft cheese or spring vegetable risotto.
Former sommelier Carsten Migliarina returned to his roots in southern Africa to make wine after a long stint as a sommelier in London.
The grapes for this Chenin Blanc come from mature low-yielding bush vines with an average age of 35 years. Barrel-fermentation gives richness and enhances the stone and tropical fruit flavours to this wine while preserving lovely fresh acidity and giving a lengthy concentrated finish. Only 2560 bottles were produced.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||South Africa|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chenin Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Goat's Cheese, White Fish|
|Cellarage||A very versatile wine that drinks well young but will age elegantly for 3-5 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested using small baskets, whole-bunch pressed before wild yeast fermentation in untoasted barrels. Matured on the fine lees for 9 months without malolactic fermentation before bottling unfiltered.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Former sommelier Carsten Migliarina produced his first vintages in 2002, sourcing grapes from Franschhoek and maturing his Shiraz in a friend's garage. Earning his stripes as a contract winemaker in South Africa, Germany and Romania, his boutique range is highly sought after on export markets. His range has since expanded to encompass Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Riesling and Shiraz, sourcing fruit from the best grapes and vineyards he can find. Production is tiny and intervention minimal, making between 200-500 cases of each wine whilst renting cellar space from other producers.
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