Region: Swartland, South Africa
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2025
Perfect With: Smoked eggplant ravioli with goats cheese curd and pine nuts
Why You’ll Love It?
This Chenin Blanc is sourced from three different parcels of very old bushvine all situated on the slopes of the Skurfberg (“rugged mountains”) between Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay in the Olifants River Region. The vines are more than 90 years old. No herbicide or chemical fertilisers are used. Rainfall in this area is extremely low which means the vines have to fight to survive without irrigation. This produces lower yields, but also means the grapes are much more concentrated and complex in flavour. The sandy soil composition also adds an interesting earthiness and minerality to the wine. The three parcels were vinified separately, whole bunch basket pressed, some time on lees and fermented and matured in old casks for about 6 months before bottling. Only 425 cases were made.
The blending of three parcels really offers an exciting level of complexity to wine. Pale yellow in colour. Nose was slightly closed at first, but opened to aromas of acacia, camomile, ripe yellow peach, honeydew melon, honey and a hint of salinity/brininess. Palate is deeply concentrated, medium bodied, quite rich with lovely weight on the entry. Layers of ripe pear, peach, citrus peel, lemon curd, buttery, yellow apples, ginger and a hint of almond skin on the finish. Good acidity that provides great lift and balance to the oak together with a long finish.