The Vineyard Party, I'm Your Huckleberry 2018 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Stellenbosch
'I’m Your Huckleberry 2018 is a single origin partial skin-contact Sémillon. Delicately fragrant, the wine opens up to aromas of ginger, curry leaf, cardamom spice white blossoms, fennel, bright naartjie and nectarine. Spice and citrus (orange rind) carry over onto the palate. Classy skin contact adds to the concentration on the palate with fine-grained tannins and a vibrant acidity. Chalky and mineral notes are present throughout and lingers with a final note of nettle, ginger and sea-spray rounding things off.' – Jolette Steyn, Winemaker
'Classic whole-bunch pressed juice fermented in older barrels with a portion skin contact fermented in open for about 14 days. Spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentation.
The name comes from a line in an old Western movie, Tombstone. The phrase signifies acceptance of a challenge, saying I’m the one you’re looking for, I’m game, I’m it. It’s basically a conversation between Sémillon and myself for our maiden vintage, saying ‘let’s go for it’.' – Jolette Steyn
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.69 g/L | TA: 4.93 g/L | PH: 3.4|
|Blend information||100% Sémillon|
|Body||Light to medium-bodied|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||The Vineyard Party is a new project, now launching with two small-batch Sémillon bottlings from the maiden 2018 vintage. The goal here is to source biodiverse, sustainably farmed vineyard parcels, whilst working with avant-garde vinification techniques, and applying low intervention in the cellar. Behind the range is Jolette Steyn, a Young Gun independent. She has produced wine across four continents with 15 harvests under her belt, and before going solo, held winemaking roles at prominent SA estates over the past decade and a half. She holds a BSc degree in Oenology and Viticulture from Stellenbosch University, as well as an MSc in Oenology with stints in France, Italy and Spain completing her thesis in viticulture on Garnacha vineyards in Priorat, Spain. She has built an entire career on the self-proclaimed fact of being a wine geek and is deeply passionate about diversity and sustainability – in the soil, the vineyards, the people and the cellar.|
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