Awards: Classic Magazine Best White Blend in South Africa 2013 . Gold Michelangelo Award 2013
The name - Knoputibak - is a many level family joke. If you'd like the inside track ask your waiter or waitress to fill you (there simply isn't enough space on this wine list to get into the finer details. Needless to say that we believe that fun should never be squashed and when a name like Knoputibak is proposed and accepted, even after a number of drinks, it should be implemented immediately. This wine is certainly delicious enough to support the claim of No-Puti-Bak.
Colour: Pale gold, straw.
Aroma: Dried apricot and orange curd from the Chardonnay. While the Semillon component provides elements of almonds and hazelnuts.
Palate: A complex and clean style of Chardonnay that is complimented with lanolin type notes from the Semillon. The palate is vibrant and alive. The Semillon component adds a spice texture similar to nutmeg and cinnamon. As opposed to our 100% Chardonnay offerings this unique blend consists of 91% Chardonnay and 9% Semillon; and it epitomizes the essence of Franschhoek white wine production. There is an abundance of stone fruit, like pineapple and pear, present.
Climate: Mediterranean Rainfall: ± 700mm per annum.
Vineyards: The vineyards (from which we harvest our Chardonnay) are situated on level ground on Môreson Farm (in Franschhoek, South Africa). This specific vineyard experiences warm and windy conditions. These conditions result in quick ripening and intensely flavoured grapes.
Soil: The soil is sandy and pale-camel in colour. The soil shows good water retention, allowing for moderate vine stress during the dry years. Soil moisture is carefully monitored, through use of a neuron meter, and it is supplemented (by drip irrigation) when required.
Analysis: Alc: 13.83% . TA: 5.8 g/L . RS: 2.6 g/L . pH: 3.35
Vinification/Maturing: We rely on minimalistic winemaking techniques. Both the Chardonnay and Semillon grapes are whole-bunch pressed – only extracting 550 litres per ton of grapes – after which the juice is transferred to the tanks for settling. The juice is partially settled for 24 hours. The juice is then transferred to 300 litre French oak barrels for fermentation. Here the juice is inoculated with selected yeast strains and allowed to complete malo-lactic fermentation.
The wine is never racked and it is kept on its lees for the duration of its maturation. Batonnage takes places once a week for six months.
The wines are matured in barrel for 11 months after which they are blended and allowed to settle in tank.
The Chardonnay is harvested from two distinct clones on Môreson. The age of the vines are 15 years. The Semillon is grown as an old bush vine planted in the 1960’s and yields only three tons per hectare.