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2017
Thistle & Weed
'Brandnetel'
Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch

2017
Thistle & Weed
'Brandnetel'
Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch

The brandnetel (Urtica dioica ) - or stinging nettle - is steeped in dualities: both fierce and soft; painful and restorative; tenacious yet humble. This often-overlooked weed brings magic to fairytales, protection in folklore and vitality to soils. Inspired by these dualities, this unique wine, made from Chenin Blanc vines perched on the slopes overlooking Stellenbosch, reminds us that magic is woven into every life from the soil to the glass.

The grapes were sourced from a vineyard located on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, soils are granite based and display a high level of weathering. Large sandstone fragments on the surface, leads to a coarse free draining topsoil fraction. The vineyard was planted in 1980 at 1,000 feeet altitude, originally destined as a rootstock trial and contains no less than 32 rootstocks, within its modest .75 acre plot.

The grapes were handpicked, delicately whole-bunch pressed and naturally fermented. Only the free
run juice was fermented in third-pass French oak barrels, after which 50% was matured in a stainless steel tank and 50% was matured in barrels. The lees was stirred for the first month, after which the wine was allowed to mature on the lees for 8 months prior to bottling, unfined and unfiltered.

Green-yellow color in the glass. Notes of freshly cut apple, orange blossoms and grapefruit swirl on a fresh breath of sea-air leading to a complex palate, densely layered with fruit flavors. The palate is rich and yet coiled with a balanced acidity lingering towards a saline finish.

  • Region: Stellenbosch (Simonsberg Subregion)
  • Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Single site at the base of the Simonsberg Mountain
  • Vine Age: 37 years old
  • Yield: 1.4 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Large Sandstone Fragments over Granitic Sand
  • TA: 5.9 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.39
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Oak: 8 months on gross lees: 50% Stainless Steel - 50% Third Passage French barrique
  • Production: 150 cases
Winery & Regional Information
PAARL

The Paarl wine region is located in the coastal area of South Africa’s Western Cape - about 65kms north-west of Cape Town. The town of Paarl at the heart of the region, named after the shiny granite mountain in the distance, which early Dutch settlers arriving in 1657 called: 'den Diamont ende Peerlbergh' - 'The Diamond and Pearl Mountain'. Learn More »

THISTLE & WEED

PAARL

Winemaker + Viticulturist generally is an equation resulting in wine. Rarely is it 'compelling' wine and certainly not seen that often in a second vintage.  Viticulturist consultant Etienne Terblanche (AKA Dr. Pinotage) and the utterly talented Stephanie Wiid (day job is running ferments and blending at Fairview).  They have sought out various nooks and crannies given their supreme knowledge of the Cape with a common vision of style and growth. Learn More »

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