Fennel and aniseed aromas segue into a taut, chiselled, structured palate with plenty of skin tannins, notes of green apple and lemon pith, understated wood and remarkable minerality. 95/100 Tim Atkin MW
In the vineyards
Dryland bushvine grapes planted in 1960 against the mountains of the Paarl area. The vineyard is approximately 2Ha but because of the age and years of neglect while the grapes were being delivered to co-ops the yields are extremely low with 2019 yielding just 1400 bottles. We started nurturing the vineyards in 2016 with Lukas pruning and suckering each vine himself to assess the damage. We have continued this effort with a bit of outside help in 2017 to try ensure this vineyard will be able to deliver grapes for as long as possible.
The soils in the vineyard vary greatly depending on where in the vineyard you are with granite, koffieklip (ferocrete), sandstone and shale that can be found.
In the cellar
Grapes are whole bunch pressed and left overnight to settle in stainless steel tanks. The wine is the racked to 3rd fill French oak the next morning. The wine spent 10 months on its primary lees without any batonage. No commercial yeast or enzymes were used during the winemaking process.
For us everything in life is about camaraderie, about savoring moments with those closest to you. However, camaraderie is not only between friends but also between the farmer, workers in the vineyards and vines and about the final product being shared between friends over a good meal. The stamps show a bit of our heritage with the ship symbolizing the Dutch settlers to the Cape and the Springbok being our South African National animal.
100% Chenin Blanc
Soil: Granite, Koffieklip, Sandstone and Shale
Alcohol Vol: 13%
Total acidity: 6.4g/l