Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch, Wine of South Africa
100% 1982 Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Alcohol = 14.0%
pH = 3.49
TA = 4.7 g/L
RS = 2.52 g/L
Our Old Vine head-trained grape vines 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 vineyard faces primarily Northwest and is influenced by False Bay on the southern part and the Atlantic to the west. Rainfall is relatively low, giving rise to thin cloud cover that provides respite from the summer heat. The grapes were hand harvested and lightly pressed using our 120 Liter basket press. The pressed juice sat for 24 hours to settle before racking into oak. The wine was fermented in 100% neutral 400 and 350-liter barrels and small demijohns.
Once the wine was fermented dry, Sur lie aging with monthly Bâtonnage being mindful to keep 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. The 1982 sticker on the neck of the wine bottle guarantees the grapes are certified old vine.
Light golden color. Layered expressions of stone fruit such as
apricot, peach, and nectarines. Creamy and plush, showing
honeyed pineapples. Balanced and structured, complimented by a
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.
Drink now or hold for five-plus years to reveal the true potential of