FORCE CELESTE Chenin Blanc 2019

Force Celeste, Chenin Blanc 2020

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Pure fruited with lovely intensity and palate grip allied with crisp, citric acidity.

 

Mother Rock/Force Celeste Wines are made by  Johan Meyer, one of an exciting generation of winemakers currently making waves in South Africa. Dry grown Chenin Blanc handled with minimal intervention in the winery. Pure fruited with lovely intensity and grip on the palate allied with crisp, citrus like acidity.

Producer: Mother Rock Wines

Region/Country: Swartland, South Africa

Grape/s: Chenin Blanc

Production Method: Sustainable farming and natural skin contact winemaking. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Style: Fresh, bright and textural with citrus fruit character

Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, vegetable dishes, salads

Variety: Chenin Blanc

Profile: Chenin Blanc is one of the great white varieties, responsible for many of the outstanding, long-lived wines of the Loire Valley. Chenin has naturally high acidity, and a range of honeyed citrus and orchard fruit flavours. It is produced in a wide range of styles, from dry and austere, to firm and powerful, through to lusciously sweet due to botrytis. Most Chenin is produced similar to top quality German whites, with fermentation in stainless steel or large old oak, no oak ageing and no malolactic fermentation. It is also the major variety for Loire Valley sparkling wines.

Classic Regions: Savennières, Quarts de Chaume, Vouvray (France), South Africa

Mother Rock Wines

Mother Rock is a collaboration between winemaker Johan Meyer and Indigo founder Ben Henshaw.These are terroir-focused wines made to offer drinkability and enjoyment. Mother Rock is about showcasing the best and purest expression of South Africa’s diverse terroir.

From The Natty Boy

This is made by Johan Meyer, who is one of the brightest young winemakers in South Africa, in conjunction with Ben from Indigo Wines, who are a really good importer over here. South Africa has an amazing array of old vineyards that went neglected during Apartheid, and are now being revitalised by a swathe of amazing producers. We don't get a huge amount of South African wines in Australia, and they have definitely been a highlight of my time drinking in London. Organic farming and natural winemaking is the goal here. Chenin Blanc is rarely produced well outside of the Loire Valley, and the classic style in SA was rich and ripe - you could tell it was hot - whereas this is super fresh yet very expressive and open. I love Chenin as a variety, and drink a lot of it, so hopefully I've a decent grasp on what is good!

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