Catherine Marshall Amatra Jono's Wave Chenin Blanc 2021
Catherine Marshall Amatra "Jono's Wave" Chenin Blanc, Elgin, South Africa, 2021
Grape: Chenin Blanc, aged 8 months in oak
With Amatra White, a Chenin-based cuvée, Cathy aims to apply a classic, cool, restrained approach to a generally accepted warmer climate variety found in most of South Africa.
Bright, fresh line of acidity like a cool wave break which supports generous, mouth filling flavours of lychees, ripe pears and white peach and finishes with a long line of almond paste and lime zest.
Both cluster and berry sorting commenced prior to being partially crushed. The mash was pressed in a pneumatic bag press where both free run and pressed fractions were treated oxidatively with minimal chemical additives. The juice was settled cold for two days and then 40% was decanted to old 225 litre French casks and the remaining 60% was fermented cold in stainless steel with no commercial yeast strain inoculated. The wine has not been through secondary malo-lactic fermentation and matured for 8 months after which both components were consolidated. Once the wine completed maturation, the casks were consolidated and bottled.
Awards: Platter 4*
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