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Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird White 2012 (Western Cape, South Africa)
Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird White 2012 (Western Cape, South Africa)

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Winery: Fable Mountain Vineyards
Varietal: 45% Chenin Blanc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 17% Roussanne, 9% Chardonnay, 9% Viognier
Region: Western Cape, South Africa
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

The grapes for the Jackal Bird are sourced from our growers and represent a variety of different vineyards and unique sites. The philosophy of the Jackal Bird is that it is the best possible white wine blend we can make from the different parcels and varieties we receive; an artisanal wine with texture and aromatic elegance from old vine Swartland vineyards.

Light to pale straw. Inviting complex and intriguing floral aromas with pear and citrus. On the palate crisp minerality and stone fruit as well as a pithy texture and a subtle lingering finish, fresh and elegant with unravelling layers.

The grapes for this wine are all hand picked in the early hours of the morning and transported by refrigerated trucks to our cellar where they are processed in tiny 700kg batches in our small air bag press. All the varieties are kept separate and are treated differently depending on the desired character for the final blend. For example a portion of the Chenin Blanc and Viognier go through skin contact; the Grenache Blanc is cold settled before racking to stainless steel; some varieties go straight from the press tray into barrel and are fermented on solids; and others are fermented in concrete nomblots.

All the batches then go through a spontaneous fermentation, which is temperature controlled at around 13 ̊ Celsius. This maintains signature freshness and fine aromatics. A portion of the wine is also handled oxidatively to give added texture to the palate as well as provide longevity.

Towards the finish of the fermentation the wine is stirred on the lees and aged for 9-12 months in light toast 500L French oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation is encouraged on a portion of the Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc and is discouraged on the remainder of the batches in order to keep a freshness and good acidity on the palate. After maturation the chosen components are blended together and the final blend is given a mild filtration before bottling.

BLEND: 45% Chenin Blanc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 17% Roussanne, 9% Chardonnay, 9% Viognier

REGION: Western Cape
CELLARING: Drink now up to 5 - 10 years
YIELD: 3.5T/ha up to 5T/ha
Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/l
pH: 3.35
Alcohol: 13.10 %
Total Acid: 4.9 g/l
Free SO2: 32 mg/l
Total SO2: 125 mg/l

Ratings & Reviews

89 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Jackal Bird is a blend of 45% Chenin Blanc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 17% Rousanne, 9% Chardonnay and 9% Viognier, raised for nine to 12 months in 500-liter French oak barrels with part of the malolactic stopped. It has a light fresh pear and wet-rock-scented bouquet that just needs a little more vigor (perhaps a conflict of several grape varieties.) The palate is crisp on the entry with touches of quince and lemon curd, a fine line of acidity and plenty of freshness toward the finish that just needs a touch more persistence. Still, this is nicely balanced, fresh and gets to grip with the grape variety well." - Neal Martin (Oct 2014)

88 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A plump, friendly style, with a toasty frame to the pear, melon and straw notes. Offers a buttered brioche edge on the finish but retains enough cut for balance. Will win fans for its flattering mouthfeel. Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Chardonnay and Viognier. Drink now. 150 cases imported." – JM (Web Only - 2014)

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