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2017
Intellego
'Elementis'
Chenin Blanc
Swartland

2017
Intellego
'Elementis'
Chenin Blanc
Swartland

"Elementis" is the Latin, all-encompassing word for the 4 natural elements: earth, air, fire and water. This was one of Jurgen's first attempts at producing a wine that was made in an all-natural style, determined entirely by the "forces of nature."

The vineyard was planted in 1980 and situated on an east-facing slope that experiences cool afternoon breezes. The soil is composed of oak leaf (sand, gravel and clay mixture) with a top layer of sand. The grapes are dry-farmed, destemmed and fermented on the skins for two weeks to obtain aroma and texture. The wine is then aged in old French oak barrels for ten months before sulphur is added and bottled.

Jurgen gets incredible freshness and concentration from Chenin Blanc with this method of winemaking. He states, "A lot of people say that if you taste eight skin contact wines, they all taste the same. I think more people need to make wines in this style, so we can start to hone in on the differences.”

Extraordinarily pretty aromatics – elusive notes of various fruits but also flowers, dried herbs, pink sweets, ginger and other spice. The palate has a weightless intensity about it and possesses layers of flavor. The finish is long with a pleasant grippiness. A real delight to drink.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vine Age: 39 year old vines
  • Soil Type: Aerolean Sand over Oakleaf (Sand, Gravel & Clay)
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Skin Contact: 13 days
  • Oak: 10 months in seasoned French barrique
  • Production: 100 cases
Winery & Regional Information
SWARTLAND

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 »

INTELLEGO WINES

SWARTLAND

Intellego Wines started off in 2009 as funds from winemaker/founder, Jurgen Gouws' Russian harvest trip as well as selling second hand barrels getting the project of its feet. Intellego translates “to understand” in Latin and is aptly named as Jurgen is just beginning to understand more than the potential of this incredible region. Gouws is one of Swartland’s young guns, a laidback guy with a surfer’s tan and a wry smile. He currently owns no vineyards and no cellar of his own, but developed his own brand Intellego while working at Lammershoek with Craig 'El Bandito' Hawkins. His wall of old barrels... Learn More »

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