COUNTRY/REGION: South Africa/Stellenbosch.
GRAPES: 100% Chenin Blanc.
Layers of naartjíes, apricots and cling peaches with hints of flint and fynbos. Delicate oak flavours finishes the wine beautifully. This wine can be enjoyed now, but with careful cellaring it should age gracefully over the next 10 years.
VINEYARDS: The grapes for this wine came from a couple of old (average age: 30 years) Chenin Blanc vineyards around Stellenbosch. Careful canopy management was done to ensure enough sunlight, but protected the grapes against direct sunlight. The average yield of these wonderful old vineyard was 4t/ha.
VINTAGE: 2018 started off with a bang and everything looked set for a short intense harvest. Although we were at the end of a 3 year drought we had moderate temperatures and small spells off rain that was enough to keep the vineyards happy. This prolonged the ripening period and thus ensured amazing flavour development in these grapes.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and immediately crushed into holding tanks. We gave extended (24hours) skin contact to extract all the Chenin flavours to ensure good structure in the final wine. Only the free run juice was used and settled for 1 day before inoculation with selected yeast strains. The juice was racked into barrels for fermentation. No new barrels were used to ensure that unique characters of the specific terroirs were preserved in the wine. After fermentation the wine was aged on the primary lees for another 6 months before being racked out and prepared for bottling.