The Saskia by Miles Mossop is a blended dry white wine. Comprised of 66% Chenin blanc, 26% Viognier. 5% Verdelho and 3% Clairette Blanche.The Chenin Blanc/ Verdelho is grown in Stellenbosch and the Viognier/ Clairette is grown in Paarl, South Africa.
Some of the Chenin Blanc vines are 34 years old which gives a real intensity to the grapes. Soils vary from Slate and Sandy for the Chenin Blanc and Clay Loam for the Viognier. Vines are predominately bush vine trained. Some drip irrigation is used.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed. The juice is then run to 400 litre barrels after minimal settling and the fermentation is allowed to start naturally. After fermentation the wine is topped regularly and matured sur-lie for 10 months in French Oak, with regular lees stirring. The 2012 vintage has no new wood just 2nd to 5th fill barrels have been used. After 10 months the wine is racked to tank for blending. The wine undergoes no cold stabilisation but is protein stable. It could therefore throw a deposit over time.
The aromas on the nose are opulent and intense with notes of white peach, toasted brioche, ripe grilled pineapples and a hint of white pepper spice. There is an underlying hint of honey blossom and dried apricots. The entry on the palate is that of ripe yellow and stone fruits with a full mid-palate reflecting the honey suckle and dried apricot. The finish is dry and long.
A perfect accompaniment to Lobster Bisque, Seafood Paella, Sushi or a mildly spicy dish.