2016 Miles Mossop "Saskia" White
Stellensbosch, South Africa
A blend of 68% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 13% Verdelho and 6% Viognier. Aged on lees for 11 months with regular stirring in French oak barrel (12% new). The wine displays a stunning vibrant pale straw colour. The nose is packed with notes of white peach, quince and hints of jasmine floral perfumed aromas. The entry on the palate bursts with citrus and white peach flavours leading to a textured and rich mid-palate. There is immense complexity in this wine with a sense of elegance and freshness. The wine finishes with a slight salinity which leaves one wanting more. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to Lobster Bisque, Seafood Paella, Sushi or any mildly spicy dish.
Established in 2004, Miles Mossop Wines began with the intention of making terroir-driven wines from only the highest quality fruit sources that showed off the potential of Stellenbosch that owner and winemaker Miles Mossop had seen working as a winemaker for other estates. His passion for winemaking was more than likely predestined as his faster was Tony Mossop, one of South Africa’s first Masters of Wine and an accomplished winemaker himself at Axe Hill Port. Miles graduated with a degree in Geology before pursuing graduate studies in Viticulture and Enology at Stellenbosch University. After working harvests across the world from Knappstein in the Clare Valley to Far Niente in Napa, he finally settled back in South Africa and was entrusted as the winemaker at Tokara in 2000. Miles finally left his position at Tokara in May of 2018 to pursue his own brand and the rest will be left of up to history.