Until May 2018, Miles Mossop’s day job was as winemaker at Tokara, a position he had held since the winery started-up in 2000. The agreement Miles had with GT Ferreira, the owner of Tokara, allowed him to vinify 10 tonnes of bought in grapes and put them under his own label each year. Now completely independent and now making wines in two different locations in Stellenbosch, Miles is starting to extend both production and the range he produces.
This new initiative takes advantage of small, often one-off parcels of grapes that Miles commits to in any one season. The first releases are from the 2019 vintage and these consist of four different chapters. Each of the first white releases equates to a single 400 litre barrel.
This range of limited-release wines tells our story as it unfolds. Each Chapter is unique. Lovingly handcrafted by Miles in his pursuit of outstanding South African wines.
This 100% Sauvignon blanc from a single 32-year-old bush vine vineyard in the Stellenbosch growing on decomposed shale soils. The grapes were harvested at around 22,5 brix on the 26th January. The grapes are picked into small grape crates and put in a cold store overnight. The grapes are whole bunch pressed the next day and the juice settled overnight before being taken to 400L old French barrels for fermentation. The fermentation is allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine is topped and matured sur lie for 9 months with regular lees stirring. Only small amounts of SO2 was used in the making of this wine. This wine is bottled without fining or filtration. One 400L barrel was bottled in November 2019.
Colour: This wine has a vibrant pale straw colour.
Nose: The nose burst with aromas of passion fruit, quince and guava with underlying notes of lemon grass, fresh brioche and white pepper spice.
Palate: The palate is crisp and clean, packed with zesty grapefruit citrus, lemongrass, quince and passion fruit notes. Creamy leesy notes on the mid-palate. Counterbalance the mouthwatering acidity on the finish.
This wine is a perfect accompaniment to grilled fish and chicken dishes.
|Stellenbosch, South Africa
|Miles Mossop Wines