Style: Medium Body White Vintage: 2020 ABV: 13.5%
Appellation: Simonsberg-Paarl Varietal: Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Sémillon
Region: Western Cape County: South Africa
Pairings: Serve with salads, yellow fruits, vegetable dishes and light fish dishes, or simply on its own.
About This Wine: This intriguing white blend expresses a fresh, fruit-driven wine with peach, lime and litchi flavours. The wine is refreshing yet complex, with lovely tropical flavours rounded off with a lingering, fresh acidity.
The chenin blanc was softly pressed, then underwent cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks for three weeks. It was racked of the primary lees and kept on the secondary lees for four months prior to bottling. The viognier, chardonnay and sémillon were fermented in second- and third-fill French oak barrels and kept on the lees for four months, before being blended with the fresh component of chenin blanc. Candide is a blend of all the white cultivars grown on Babylonstoren. 2020 was the first year of experimenting with ageing small components of the total Candide blend in Nomblot cement eggs and terracotta clay amphoras.
Suggested serving temperature: Chilled, 11–12°C (51–53°F)