The fresh vibrancy of white peach and apple aromas on the nose hint at the wine’s sophisticated elegance and a touch of cinnamon and adds to its complexity. A generous mid palate of quince pineapple and a weighty feel reward while the bright acidity refreshes with an interesting tang and persistent clean mineral finish. Alc: 11.5% TA: 5.7g/l pH: 3.41 RS: 2.2g/l
We experienced relatively good rains preceding the 2019 harvest and the rainfall figures came close to the long term average for Stellenbosch. With more moisture in the soil, the vines showed strong, even budding in the Spring. The cool day time conditions (and especially nights!) of December and January meant that our earlier varieties ripened with lovely acidity and great freshness, all at lower alcohol levels.
In the vineyard
The gnarled old bush vines that produce this characterful Chenin Blanc are planted in some of the purest granite soils on the foothills of the magnificent Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The vines are mainly grown under dryland conditions, meaning they are not irrigated, and therefore their roots plunge metres into the granite subsoil in search of moisture. The altitude of the vineyards, the steep South-East facing slope and the proximity to False Bay mean that these vines are well exposed and cooled by winds that come off the ocean during the long, hot summer. These factors combine to produce a wonderfully fresh and vivacious expression of what is to us, the Cape’s greatest grape.
In the cellar
Grapes were picked by hand as well as manually sorted to ensure that we maintain the purity of varietal expression for which this wine has become known. Gentle de-stemming before equally gentle pressing in a pneumatic bag press were used and the extracted juice was settled in chilled stainless-steel tanks prior to alcoholic fermentation. This took place mainly in tank, on the lees, with about 30% of the must being transferred into small, Burgundian barrels for natural fermentation – an equal mix of new, 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill. There was also a small portion of skin contact (roughly 14%) for 4 days. In combination these steps have resulted in the preservation of freshness, but also development of considerable fruit and aromatic intricacy in the wine alongside the mineral edge it so proudly displays. The wine retains lively fruit, a lithe texture, steely acidity and abundant aromatic concentration: the exact qualities you’d expect from beautiful old vines in this area.
Southeast Asian cuisine, pork chops with apples, spicy food, salmon or poultry