Dirty Little Secret 2015
Technical Analysis
: Ken Forrester
Main Variety : Chenin Blanc
Alcohol : 12.5 %vol
pH : 3.53
RS : 4.0 g/l
Total Acid : 5.5 g/l
Appellation : Piekenierskloof
Type : White
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity

Dirty Little Secret 2015
  • Stephan Tanzer Vinous Reviews 2017: 92 Points
  • Jamie Goode 2016 - 94/100
  • Tasting Notes
    We took a trip backwards in time to make a thoroughly modern wine. A wine that will age beautifully for at least the next ten years, a tribute hopefully to the age and concentration of the vines, as well as to low, very low interruptive winemaking, a natural wine in every sense and finally bottled totally naturally with no cold stabilization or fining and it is crystal clear, slightly golden in a good way, with a still lime green rim and how did I do that you ask? Well it's unfiltered, unfined just a Dirty Little Secret - naturally!
    Ageing Potential
    A wine that will age beautifully for at least the next ten years
    Blend Information
    100% Chenin Blanc
    In The Vineyard
    There's so much more to looking ahead, my thoughts went to finding a proper old vineyard of veritable age, on a beautiful remote mountainside in the classic old "bush vine" or French "gobelet" style mimicking a brandy snifter in shape. A very old vineyard in the Piekenierskloof region, planted with no irrigation in 1965. This delightful old vineyard was proffered and I unhesitatingly accepted, knowing that the challenge was extreme - somehow I had to make a wine that could show the age, experience of the vines and showcase the terroir and more specifically the vintage.
    In The Cellar
    A huge challenge indeed and added to that I wanted to present it as a unique once off! Not just an extension of what I already do, a single vintage by vintage challenge to show the year and the place and the most natural winemaking way possible.

    Make it naturally, completely spontaneous ferment after extended soaking on skins and stalks before pressing, in barrels, straight on to malolactic fermentation and then only racked and a tiny addition of SO2. Back into beautiful old, natural 400L French barrels (6-10 years old) for a 5 month rest and natural clarification, then bottled unfiltered and unfined to comply with the "natural" rules and laws.

    The result is a tight, bright, minerally wine with texture and mouthfeel and an interesting hint of phenolic structure - like soft acidity and pear drop intensity. Built to age and gain complexity in bottle.
    Additional Information
    We've worked with wild yeasts and barrels etc. from the word go (yes, since 1994), low SO2 levels are the norm so naturally this "newfound" trend of natural winemaking caught my eye; especially the cloudy, unstable, technically dirty examples that vaunt their naturalness!

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