Beaumont Family Wines Leo's Whole Bunch Chenin Blanc 2017
This is the second version of a whole bunch fermentation that I have put in bottle. The first one was made in 2011, the year that my son Leo was born. Since then I have experimented with this style of wine every year. The 2017 is the first vintage I thought should go into bottle.
The grapes were in perfect condition. The wine spent 8 days fermenting on the skins, was then pressed off and taken to barrel for the end of fermentation. Matured on gross lees for 18 months in a new barrel.
Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2016
Mourvèdre is a fantastically misunderstood grape. We have been producing single varietal Mourvèdre since 1999 at Beaumont. This was my first attempt at doing 100% whole cluster natural fermentation with the grape. I produced one 400 litre barrel of this wine. It was fantastic from the start and I thought this would be a great wine to submit as my Guild offering. I think 2016 was the perfect vintage in Bot River for this kind of winemaking. Elegance, fruit, freshness and purity sum this wine up.
Beaumont Family Wines Chenin Blanc Demi-Sec 2016
I have only made a demi-sec style of Chenin once before. The Loire has always made
beautiful demi-sec styles. The grapes came from our oldest vines planted in 1974. The natural fermentation didn’t fi nish completely dry in this one barrel so I decided to keep it like this and bottle it as a potential wine for my CWG offering. I love the way it expresses the grapes’ purity with that slight bit of residual that makes the wine more complex and layered.
Beaumont Family Wines 'Moerse Moer' Chenin Blanc 2015
Since 2010 I have been bulk filtering the solids of my Chenin juice. This is the 2015 version.
I always found fascinating herbal, acidic gritty flavours in these solids. So with the help of
a bulk filter I cleaned up this juice and then fermented it in barrel for about seven months.
Occasionally winemaking experiments produce something amazing. I love the Afrikaans
description for when something is amazing it’s, “Moerse”! This was a “moerse lekker”
portion of lees (also known as “moer” in Afrikaans).