Stellenbosch, South Africa
100% Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Alcohol = 13.0%
pH = 3.19
TA = 6.34 g/L
RS = 2.49 g/L
2020 was a great growing season in South Africa, with many incredible wines made. Our Old Vine grapes were planted in 1982, never yielding more than 2 tons per acre. Unirrigated and planted in old granite topsoil and crumbly clay sub-soil. The grapes were hand harvested, lightly pressed using a 120 Liter basket press. The pressed juice sat for 24 hours to settle before racking into oak. Most of the wine was fermented in a 100% neutral 400-liter barrel (76%). 12% fermented naturally on the skins and removed at 7◦ brix. The remaining component in demijohn. Once the wine was fermented dry, Sur lie aging with monthly Bâtonnage being mindful to keeping the wine fresh. (the French term for stirring settled lees back into wine). The wine remained on the lees for twelve months until it was bottled.
Light golden color. Layered expressions of stone fruit such as apricot and peach, creamy and plush, showing honeyed pineapples. Balanced and structured, complimented by delicate minerality. Drink now or hold for five plus years to reveal the true potential of this wine.
Enjoy this refreshing wine with light and delicate food such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish, light crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, pasta or risotto with spring vegetables.