The grapes for this are 100% from the Swartland region. Grown on predominately granitic and shale soils that are common in the region. The vines are predominately between 20-30 years old and are a mix of bush vines and vertically trained vines. 2016 was a very early year and these grapes were harvested in the first week of February. A cool, controlled fermentation occurred in stainless steel and was left on it's lees for 5 months. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to maintain the freshness and acidity. Chenin Blanc has proven to be very happy in the Swartland region with vast plantings that are showing great varietal character and provenance.
This wine is freshly packed with nuance, playfulness and discovery. Savory and herbal aromas lead to subtle stone fruit and citrus blossom notes. This is accentuated by vibrant lemon zest sprinkled with sea water. This is textbook Chenin Blanc featuring a mineral drive with ample weight balanced by poignant acid on the finish. This varietal expression opens your eyes to the beauty and sophistication of South Africa’s beloved and most widely planted variety. Watch out Loire Valley!
- Region: Western Cape
- Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
- Vintage: 2016
- Vineyard: Two sites in Swartland
- Vine Age: 15-30 year old vines
- Soil Type: Decomposed Granite & Malmesbury Shale
- Oak: None - Stainless Steel
- Production: 1,600 cases
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