This is not your everyday Chenin Blanc. The wine is made from a multi vintage solera a portion of which is kept under flor (a la sherry). Winemaker's Notes: "The Smiley NV Chenin Blanc V2 is our second release of our multi-vintage Chenin Blend. Wines for this version were selected from four different vintages spanning 2013-2016. The wine is made from fruit sourced from multiple parcels on the granitic Paardeberg terroirs of the Swartland. The wines are all naturally fermented with nothing added. Fermentation takes place in a combination of seasoned oak barrels and stainless steel tank. The wine is matured in a combination of seasoned oak, stainless steel and glass demijohn. Post fermentation the wines are tasted and selected for ageing in a wide variety of different styles inspired by the white wines of the Jura and Jerez. Small batches are selected for under flor yeast ageing and others for Madeira style ageing to create characterful wines for the final blend. Once a year we draw from the various vintages of matured wines to blend with the fresh wine for bottling as the Smiley release. After fermentation is completed of the current vintage, various wines are tasted and selected for blending into the Smiley whilst others are held back for future releases."
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