Miles Mossop, Kika 2017

£18.50 (37.5cl)

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SKU: SAMO0117H

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We picked 3 times between the 8th March and 20th April. Picking only bunches which are perfectly infected with Noble Rot and those with raisins. The grapes were picked at sugars of between 40.5- and 50-degrees brix and an acidity of 6.5 and 11.5 g/l. The grapes were delivered to the winery and put directly into cold storage overnight to drop the temperature of the grapes down to around 4 degrees Celsius. The grapes were crushed whole bunch into bins for a cold soak for 24 hours after which fermentation was initiated. Fermentation on the skins took place for 4 days before the grapes were pressed and the fermenting must taken to 400L old French oak barrels for fermentation to complete, which took 3 months. The fermentation stopped naturally at a perfect balance of sweetness, acidity and alcohol. To be enjoyed immediately after release but will benefit with cellaring for up to 10 years from harvest.

Tasting note

The wine has a vibrant golden straw colour. The aromas on the nose are complex and intense with notes of quince jelly, dried apricots and fresh peach. It has a beautiful floral aroma of honeysuckle and orange blossom. The flavours on the palate are concentrated and intense on entry leading to a silky mid-palate and an almost dry finish which is not clawing but almost refreshing. The acid and sugar balance are perfectly poised.

About the producer

Not only is Miles Mossop the winemaker at the high profile Tokara estate in Stellenbosch, he has been making tiny amounts of awardwinning wines under his own, eponymous label from sourced grapes since 2004. Using old bush vines grown on decomposed granite soils, his Chenin Blanc/ Viognier blend, ‘Saskia’, is named after his first daughter. Miles’ classic red Bordeaux blend is unsurprisingly named ‘Max’ after his son and his trio is completed by his superb botrytised Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, ‘Kika’.



Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

The late harvest 2017 Kika is made from Chenin Blanc and displays unctuous and deliciously sweet dried fruits—sticky peach preserves and apricots in ginger—on the soft, honeyed nose with a floral bouquet. With fantastic weight, texture and a focus on purity, the medium to full-bodied palate is impeccably balanced and generates pleasure at every turn. Sticky sweet yet beautifully balanced by acidity, the wine lingers on the long finish with intensity and precision. Well done; I am craving foie gras right now. (Anthony Mueller) Points: 93+. Issue Date: 31/03/2020

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