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La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc

Varietal split – 100% Chenin Blanc


Old mill houses were once a common feature on the landscape of the valley, and La Cotte is one of the only original mills that have survived the march of time. Just as Chenin Blanc was traditionally considered a workhorse of the South African wine industry yet is enjoying a renaissance in reputation and style, so too was this artisanal workhouse restored in 1989 by the Franschhoek Conservation Trust in association with Franschhoek Vineyards, today known as Franschhoek Cellar.

 

Tasting Notes

Vibrant pineapple, fleshy peach, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas supported by a pure line of bright citrus and tropical fruit are what you can expect from Our Franschhoek Cellar La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc. Subdued at first blossoming with leesy intrigue on the palate and finishing with zesty freshness and grace, this Chenin Blanc surely is a special wine.

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Viticultural Practices

Vine age: Vineyards vary from 3 to 30 years old.
Climate: The combination of grapes from cool slopes and warmer valley plains give this wine its fruity nose and full, rich palate.
Soils: The vineyards are planted on very particular soil types to allow for the optimum vine growth balance.
Trellis: Combination of bush vines and trellised.
Harvest: Grapes are hand picked in January and February at an average ripeness of 24°Brix.
Yield: Between 5 and 11 tons per hectare.

 

Winemaking

Long cool fermentations in stainless steel followed by 4 months on the lees with occasional stirring for added richness and complexity.

 

Service and Cellaring

This Chenin Blanc is best served chilled at 6°C to 8°C for delicious easy drinking with or without food. Optimally intended for enjoyment in the vibrant freshness of youth, yet may be cellared for up to 3 years from vintage.

 

La Cotte Mill Historical Landmark Bicycle Route



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Old mill houses were once a common feature on the landscape of the valley, and La Cotte is one of the only original mills that have survived the march of time.

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Winemaker Richard Duckitt
Alcohol 13.5% Vol
pH 3.44
Residual Sugar 5.2 g/l
Total Acid 6.08 g/l
Origin Coastal
Type White Wine

Food Pairing

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The Franschhoek Cellar La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc is great with sushi, roast chicken, creamy pasta, veal schnitzels or fisherman’s pie.

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