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Natte Valleij Axle Chenin Blanctext
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Natte Valleij Axle Chenin Blanc 2021

Darling, Coastal Region, South AfricaCinsault-centric Alex Milner crafted this white for his Chenin-loving wife, sourcing fruit from 1985 planted dry farmed bush vines in Darling. This was basket pressed settled 1 day before racking to older 225L barrels for native ferment. It remained in the barrels post-ferment with regular b√Ętonnage for a couple of months, and then a quiet rest, all totalling 9 months. Gently creamy quince, pear, glides along the medium palate, lit with subtle crystalline lemon and mineral salts which linger on the finish. Drinking very smartly now.Tasted: 30 October 2022Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$45.00750mlprivate wine shops
Producer: Natte ValleijDistributors: Sur Lie
Grape: Chenin BlancCSPC: 218969UPC: 626990391777