Kleine Rust Semi Sweet
Semi-Sweet Still White Wine - Utter opulence in a glass made for those who appreciate richness in a glass with a touch of texture and elegance. The days of semi-sweet wines being bland sugar-driven concentrate is of the past.
IN THE VINEYARDS:
The grapes used for this wine are harvested from 5 – 52-year-old bush vines planted in the Bottelary Hills. Soil types vary from decomposed granite to sand. The Muscat grapes used for this wine are picked from a 52-year-old vineyard and boast wonderful fruit intensity.
Grapes are picked at optimum ripeness around 22 Balling and the juice allowed some skin contact with the grapes. The juice starts a wild yeast fermentation before it is inoculated with a special brew of commercial yeast suitable to produce rich and ripe flavors.
The Muscat is picked as noble late harvest when the grapes have picked up Botrytis, and fermented to a residual sugar of about 140g/L. This component of sweet wine is then blended down with Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc to a semi-sweet level. It is fermented cold in stainless steel tanks over a period of 2 to 3 weeks between 11 – 15 °C and left on its primary fermentation lees for at least 3 months before refinement and bottling.
73% Chenin Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Muscat de Alexandrie
Sweet Muscat spice on the nose enhancing rich pineapple and tropical fruit of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is seamless and rich with a lingering aftertaste and balanced acidity.