All the grapes are grown from one single vineyard near Paardeberg Mountain on decomposed granite. The bush vines were planted in 1983 and dry farmed since its initial planting. Since 2014, the southwest facing vineyard has only received organic sprayings and the undervine work has been done purely by machine and not chemically.
The grapes were hand-harvested into small lug-boxes, limiting the damage to the grape in larger bins. They were harvested at different sugar levels to insure good pH and acid from the early picking with powerful structure and aromas from riper batches. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperature (57°F) while the rest was fermented in older 300L barrels. 20% of the lot was whole bunch fermented on skins for 4 weeks in open top barriques. After nine months on the gross lees, the wine was blended and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Zesty, with white stones and white stone fruits, some herbal hints too – a bit funk but a whole lot of fun. A thirst quenching apéritif, light and energetic – yet a powerful, intensity of fruit and minerality abounds. It will be interesting to see this wine uncoil over the next 2-3 years.
- Region: Swartland
- Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
- Vintage: 2015
- Vine Age: 32 years old
- Yield: 2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Decomposed Granitic Sand over Granite
- Skin Contact: 20% fermented on skins for 4 weeks
- Oak: 9 months in Stainless Steel (80%) & neutral French barriques (20%)
- Production: 1,160 cases
The Swartland begins roughly 30 miles north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Learn More »
MOTHER ROCK WINES
Johan Meyer, AKA “Stompie”, has made a name for himself in the ever-emerging South African wine industry in a very short time. While his namesake ‘Signature’ wines reflect his love of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Stompie is not one to limit himself and thus created the Mother Rock Wines wines in collaboration with his UK importer Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wines. Learn More »
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