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Terracura Smiley V6text
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Terracura Smiley V6 NV

Swartland, Coastal Region, South AfricaSmiley is 'the hardest wine we make', according to Terracura founders Sam and Ryan. Like a champagne cuvée, this is a big NV blend that needs to have consistency year over year. They were inspired by Jura, and Tondonia, using oxidation in an old school, yet modern way. V6 is a blend of 22 different Paardeberg chenin wines, and countless experiments, including aging under flor, madeirised wines aged outdoors in the sun, and skin contact wines, all woven together. Swinging with ample VA, and pierced with ethyl acetate, this streams sharp lemon, green apple, melon rind, flake salts, green herbs on a jumpy and adjunct palate. There's a bright freshness that draws this to the sour finish. Certainly highly adventuresome and natty.Tasted: 02 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 27.00 private wine shops QC 27.00 SAQ Producer: TerracuraDistributors: Minimalism Wines
Grape: Chenin BlancCSPC: 94689