2016 Raised By Wolves "Newlands" Meunier Stellenbosch (Previously $30)

SKU #1326213

It is vinified as whole-bunch pressed, lightly settled and then racked to barrel for fermentation. Wishing to capture its inherent freshness, the wine was bottled after 6 months maturation in neutral barrels.

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Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/22/2017 | Send Email
Wine professionals and those who are working really hard to improve their wine knowledge would love to find bottles like this. For those with a little less serious and determined intentions, you will be pleasantly surprised at the quality and precision in a Raised by Wolves wine. So why is it such a special bottle? Pinot Meunier (famously the 3rd grape used in Champagne and also red), pressed whole cluster so a little skin contact happens between the pressed juice and the red colored pigment under the grape’s skin turning the wine just the palest, copper-salmon color, and last we introduce the terroir of South Africa; amazing combination wine nerds! The nose starts out with ripe melon, roses, and yellow pear. The finer, secondary notes start to build on the second sniff with hints of herb (thyme and sage), a chalky, dusty minerality and some carmel tones can be found. The first sip on the palate exposes a viscous body with a small amount of tannin to add structure to this delicate frame. Rosewater, cantaloupe and watermelon work in concert with thyme and jasmine as the caramel from the nose moves to echoes of butterscotch on the palate. Fun stuff and well made; I can’t wait to see it again in 2017.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5