# 95 points – Tim Aktin South Africa Special Report 2017 #
The 2015 Vintage was an exceptional vintage for the Cape, with great concentration and natural acidity in the wines. The Amalie was blended from three different regions and four grape varietals to create a unique wine that showcases the diversity of the Cape’s vineyard landscape. The Grenache Blanc is from an ungrafted, bush vine vineyard in the Piekenierskloof, at an altitude of 700m above sea level with predominantly weathered sandstone soils. The grapes where harvested at 21 Brix and add focus and elegance to the blend. The Chenin Blanc comes for a dryland, bush vine block in the Swartland and show beautiful yellow fruit aromatics and adds texture to the blend. Both the Verdelho and the Roussanne are from the Voor-Paardeberg region and are planted in decomposed granite soil. This site adds great fruit concentration and body to the wine, with Roussanne adding richness and savoury notes and Verdelho bright acidity and intense pineapple and lime fruit.
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