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Arendsig Wines • Robertson • Lourens van der Westhuizen

Arendsig Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Arendsig Sauvignon Blanc This is a grape varietal that needs a vigorous canopy, cool climate, do not like to be stressed, good structured soil and special care through out the wine making process.

Arendsig Chardonnay 2014

Arendsig ChardonnayIf I have to claim one cultivar which is meant to be planted in our valley it must be Chardonnay. This grape variety is well suited for our Limestone soils. This specific block faces morning sun and receives our everyday South-Easterly breeze during summer.
 
Every grape are selected and picked, by hand, from one single vineyard Block.  They are than packed onto pallets in 10 kg crates into the cold storage room.  Here I will keep the grapes for one day to chill down to 6 degrees.
 
All white varietals are crushes destemmed into isolated, close draining tank.  Than I will handle each varietal on its own unique way threw the wine making process.

Arendsig Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Arendsig Cabernet Sauvignon“This wine has mint and plums on the nose, the palate is rich, full, fruity and a structured on the mid pallet.  The wine will do well with maturation”.
 
I started making the Arendsig Single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon five years ago. It has been a great success. The first and 2009 vintages were sold out with bottling.
 
“This wine has mint and plums on the nose, the palate is rich, full, fruity and a structured on the mid pallet.  The wine will do well with maturation”.
 
The Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented dry on the skins and after this will be kept on the skins for 8 weeks, post maturation.  Malolactic fermentation will also take place during this period.  This will round the mouth feel and give the wine tannin that is polymerized.
 
After the 8 weeks, the skins will be pressed down. All the free run with press juice gets drained down into a tank, to clarify.   Now the wine goes to barrel for 12 months, maturation.  My selection of barrels are mainly older, in order to bring out the natural flavors from the vines.
 
During maturation the wine will be tasted to make sure it gets bottled at an optimal stage.  Bottling happens on farm, using a mobile bottling unit.  The wine bottles are also labeled by hand.

Arendsig Shiraz 2014

Arendsig ShirazWhen I think Shiraz, I think Spicy, Pepper, strawberries, grapefruit and structure.  My Shiraz is not dry-fermented on the skins to create a better palatable wine.
 
All red varietals are destemed into small open top bins where we will take out all the green stems.  The bins will go back into the cold storage room for four days, where pre- maturation will take place.  During pre- maturation color will be extracted from the whole barriers.  After this the bins will go into the winery.  Than I will handle each varietal on its own unique way threw the wine making process. Shiraz vines need to struggle to make a good wine.  I am glad that I have the perfect spot on our farm for this cultivar.  The vineyard is planted on a slope that is exposed to afternoon sun.  This terrain consists of stones and rocks and very little soil. When I think Shiraz, I think Spicy, Pepper, strawberries, grapefruit and structure.  My Shiraz is not dry-fermented on the skins to create a better palatable wine.  I make use of a basket-press to press the skins. The press juice will be moved into a tank were it undergoes the last stage of fermentation. Malolactic fermentation will start naturally after fermentation.  This helps to round off the wine.  Now the wine goes to barrel for 12 months maturation.  My selection of barrels is mainly older, in order to bring out the natural flavors from the vines. During maturation the wine will be tasted to make sure it gets bottled at an optimal stage.  Bottling happens on farm, using a mobile bottling unit.  The wine bottles are also labeled by hand.

Arendsig Inspirational Batch Chenin Blanc 2013

Arendsig Inspirational Batch Chenin BlancHoney and nutty with orange peel and apricots on the nose.
 
Fresh with citrus on the pallet.  Beautiful roundness in the mouth lingering towards the back.
 
This wine is made from 41 year old bush vines. Matured in neutral vessels for 12 months. Well balanced and compliments rich food.

Arendsig Inspirational Batch Grenache 2015

Arendsig Inspirational Batch GrenacheNose: Violets, plums, confected sweet cherry
Pallet: Fleshy, syrupy texture, elegant
Maturation: 6 months neutral vessels
 
Climate: Macro climate is Mediterranean, Mesoclimate is influence by everyday South Easter during summer, morning fog in winter, big variation in day, night temperatures, Langeberg and Riviersonderend Mountain range and Breede River that runs threw the valley
 
Location of vineyard: Against Langeberg Mountains, West facing slope, Klaasvoogds East, Robertson wine valley.

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