Swartland Winery Winemakers Collection Granite Rock Blend White 2017, Perdeberg

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Swartland's Granite Rock Blend White has upfront tropical fruit and citrus aromas which complement each other, with a hint of butterscotch. A well balanced wine with great complexity, and the rich and ripe fruit flavours linger pleasantly on the finish.

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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.

Granite Rocks is 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.

 
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RRP £10.99
Vintage 2017
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Serve with cheese platters or mild chicken and seafood curries
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Subregion Swartland
Grapes Chenin Blanc 40%, Chardonnay 20%, Roussanne 20%, Viognier 20%
Dry/Sweet value 2
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
 
Swartland Winery

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 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.

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