The First Drop
The Mentors range is prduced within a small experimental winery, at the heart of the KWV complex. Unique varieties and raw passion combine to produce these exciting wines.
A true reflection of a great Chenin Blanc, this is a wine resplendent with intense flavours of honey blossom, peach and nougat supported by notes of lemon zest and citrus. It is truly a polished creation. The structured and focussed palate is complemented by pure fruit and raw almonds with a refined and lingering finish.
Although this wine can be enjoyed on its own, it will pair well with vegetable dishes, rich fish or cream-based chicken entrées.
Wim Truter & Team
This wine is a blend of four components. Three were fermented in barrel; the first 35% fermented with an indigenous yeast strain to enhance the texture and mouth feel of the wine. The other 65% was inoculated with a specially selected commercial yeast strain to ensure maximum cultivar-derived fruit flavours. The wine was left on extended lees contact for 100 days after fermentation and stirred regularly during this period. Thereafter the wine was racked and placed back into barrel for another three months. The fourth component, making up 20% of the final blend, is a tank fermented Chenin blanc. This was added to the blend to enhance freshness, minerality and overall complexity.
The winter preceding the 2014 vintage was characterized by plenty of cold spells and good, saturating rains, which ensured strong, even budding and replenished soil moisture. With the arrival of spring, cool to moderate temperatures reduced vigour and encouraged higher quality in the grapes. Slower, consistent growth persisted through the early summer thanks to dryer conditions, which kept diseases at bay. The uncharacteristic, supplementary rainfall during mid to late summer raised soil moisture levels and slightly extended the vintage and ripening period. Overall, the season delivered fruit with concentration, structure and flavour.
The wine may be enjoyed immediately or cellared for the next two to four years.