Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Intrepid Chenin blanc

2020 Gold Medal

Le Belle Rebelle

Le Belle Rebelle Intrepid Chenin blanc
Dry Chenin Blanc (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) (2) Barrel fermented/barrel matured/wooded (staves, chips or wood rice) 2019 and older


Vinification The grapes were harvested by hand into bins the morning of 20 February 2019 at 22.5˚B. The grapes are then cooled before they are lightly crushed and pressed. 90% of the free-run juice was allowed to settle overnight at 8°Celsius using pectolytic enzymes and the rest is fermented on the skins. The juice is covered with carbon dioxide blankets to prevent oxidation. Barrel Fermented with wild yeast with 10% being skin fermented. Nine months in second fill French Oak, this wine shows great complexity, texture, and an abundance of flavour. The wine is kept on it’s lees for the duration of the barrel maturation and it is batonnage every day for the first three months.

Being a rich and elegant wine, it will pair beautifully with sushi, fish, chicken or salads which is fruit based. Intrepid Chenin Blanc’s awesome acidity and inherently sweet flavour, you will find it pairs well with foods that have a sweet and sour element. Southeast Asian cuisine or pork chops with apples paired with this richer and full style Chenin Blanc will blow your mind.