2018
Storm Point
Chenin Blanc
Swartland

2018
Storm Point
Chenin Blanc
Swartland

The weathered landscape of South Africa is the result of millions of years of battering storms. Storms that stirred in the waters off of the ‘Cape of Good Hope.’ That name is recent as historically it was known as the ‘Cabo das Tormentas’ or ‘Cape of Storms.’ In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias made the first modern rounding of the cape. Hundreds of previous attempts were made but the rugged lands of South Africa were protected by the rough seas and punishing storms. This ‘Storm Point’ remains a fabled place to this day.

Chenin Blanc is unquestionably the premier grape of South Africa. 2018 was a tough year for growers with yields down a fair bit though the quality was very high. This wine hails from two sites in the Swartland, gnarly, bush vines on gentle sloping granitic, sandy soils. These soils serve as the lifeforce for the wine and are predominantly between 20-30-years-old. A cool, controlled fermentation occurred in stainless steel and was left on its gross lees for six months. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to maintain freshness and acidity. Intense aromatics, powerful flavors and bright acidity are the hallmarks of this wine.

This wine is freshly packed with nuance, playfulness and discovery. It has a well-defined and savory bouquet of lemon curd, white flowers, nectarine zest and a sprinkling of sea water. There is moderate viscosity and fine-lined acidity with a touch of peach skin and elderflower on the palate. The bright finish is persistent and lingering. This is a serious value and showcases the sophistication of South Africa’s beloved and most widely planted variety, even at this price point.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Single site in Riebeek Valley and a site in Paardeberg
  • Vine Age: Paardeberg (Average: 35-years-old) – Riebeek Valley (Average: 20-years-old)
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Yield: Average: 2.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Decomposed Granite (Paardeberg) & Malmesbury Shale with Sandy Loam (Riebeek Valley)
  • Oak: None - 10 months in Stainless Steel
  • Production: 2,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
STELLENBOSCH

Many of the photos you see of South African vineyards – positioned in front of striking granite mountains,–are from the Stellenbosch area. It contains the most developed vineyares; it is home to an important wine University (University of Stellenbosch); and it is the center of wine tourism. In short, Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to... Learn More »

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STELLENBOSCH

The mid-15th century marked the beginning of the age of exploration. Seafaring expeditions in search of riches of the East and West ignited a battle of ‘first claims.’ The Spanish and Portuguese were the most active during this time. It was the edict of Price Henry the Navigator and later King John II of Portugal that led to the discovery of the sea route to the bounty of spices and silk of India by way of the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope of present day South Africa. Bartolomeu Dias was the first to round the Cape in 1488... Learn More »

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