Wine: The Honey Thief Natural Sweet NV Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Valley Bottling date: 7 December 2017 Production: 1300 x 375ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol Extract Ph TA VA FSO2 TSO2 RS 10.0%vol. 291.0g/l 3.29 7.5g/l 1.20g/l 25mg/l 160mg/l 238g/l The fruit for our NV Natural Sweet wine was selected from a single vineyard growing in the Roberstvlei area of the Franschhoek Valley. A specific portion of a vineyard that we use for our Two Dogs a Peacock and a Horse, Sauvignon Blanc was selected and left to naturally dehydrate on the vines Harvest dates: End of April Winemaking: The Honey Thief is made from a single vineyard growing in the Roberstsvlei area of the Franschhoek valley. A specific portion of a vineyard that we use for our Two Dogs a Peacock and a Horse, Sauvignon Blanc was selected and left to naturally dehydrate on the vines. The grapes were harvest end of April at a sugar level of 48 °Balling showing a great balance of concentrated tropical fruits and fresh acidity. All our fruit is handpicked in the early morning and handled reductively to preserve the integrity of the fruit. After destemming a period of skin contact was allowed to further enhance the flavor profile of the juice. A light pressing was followed by 3 days of cold settling to clarify the juice. A maximum of 300L/ton was recovered at this stage. The juice was inoculated using a Sauterne yeast culture to insure a strong but even fermentation. Maturation: 12 months, 50% old French oak and 50% tank Tasting note: A rich golden colour the wine shows aromas fresh, peach and dried apricot flavours, overlaid with a tropical lushness of ripe melon and pineapple. The palate has ripe sweetness with granadilla and gooseberry yet tangy, with sweet and sour flavours like baked apples, clove spice, and marmalade on the finish CHEERS!
Black Elephant Honey Thief Natural Sweet
R225.00 – R1,350.00
Long after harvest is finished we leave these Sauvignon grapes on the vine for a process we call Vine Dried. As the sun dries out the grape so the sugar increases and when we eventually pick and press these grapes the sugar content is through the roof. The yeast starts converting the sugar to alcohol but out about an alcohol of 10% it runs out of steam it dies. Leaving a lot of sugar behind, hence the Natural Sweet designation. This wine is best served at the end of a long dinner or wine tasting. You can always pour over some vanilla ice cream if you want. Beware : Drinking a bottle of this everyday for the next month could cause your teeth to start falling out. Best paired with Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics