Neethlingshof Estate The Six Flowers SSC 2019
Stellenbosch - Six Flowers, a white blend of Chardonnay (30%), Chenin Blanc (23%), Sauvignon Blanc (20%), Viognier (15%), Gewurztraminer (7%) and Weisser Riesling (5%), highlights the story of Maria Magdalena Marais, the resourceful and feisty young widow who took over the building of the estates manor house after the death of her husband, Charles, in 1813. The home was completed the following year and is now a national monument. As a tribute to her children she personally created and placed six flowers representing her five children and herself in the Manor Houses gables. Still relevant today, these six flowers represent the current generations restoration of renosterveld vegetation that was common among the vineyards in the 1800s.
THE VINEYARDSPlanted in 2008, the Chenin blanc vineyard block comprises 3,46 ha. The vines grow in Tukulu and Oakleaf soils, 100 m above sea level on south-westerly and north-easterly facing slopes. Planted in 1999, the Chardonnay vines are established in Tukulu soils, 105 m above sea level on southerly slopes. The south-facing, 3,97ha Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was established in 1997, with vines grafted onto Richter 110 rootstock. This vineyard is situated between 120 m and 180 m above sea level. The Viognier vineyard was planted in 2006 and grows in shale soils. The trellised Gewürztraminer vines, 26 years old at the time of picking and grafted onto Richter 99 rootstocks, are established in deep red Tukulu soils on the southern slopes facing False Bay. The Weisser Riesling grapes came for the estates Weisser on The Hill vineyard.
THE WINEMAKINGThe grapes were individually aged in new 300-litre French oak barrels for a period of eight months after which it was blended.
WINEMAKERS COMMENTSColour: Clear, luminous with green tints.Bouquet: Aromas of citrus and flowers (violets) with spicy undertones of aniseed and cloves.Taste: Youthful but full on taste with a complex mouth-feel and long aftertaste.Maturation potential: Ready to enjoy now or can be matured for another two to three years if correctly cellared.
South Africa > Stellenbosch
Alk.: 12,50 % ABV | RZ: 2,5 g/l | GS: 6,3 g/l
37% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc, 9% Viognier, 6% Weißer Riesling, 6% Gewürztraminer