While still super youthful and vibrant, this Chenin Blanc expresses itself as boldly and characterfully as the incredible maiden release 2018. There are beautiful notes of crystalline white peach, green melon draped in salty Parma ham, white citrus, hard fig and saline sea breeze notes. On the palate, the alka seltzer spritzy minerality comes to the fore, shining brightly and melting beautifully into a subtle leesy white granitic wet stone mineral austerity tempered by a plush mid palate richness of yellow orchard fruits, wet straw and a mouth watering tart linear line of acidity, finishing with the most incredible intensity and saline persistence. This wine will tighten up further in bottle, but I envisage this 2019 offering an incremental generosity, concentration and finely textured mouthfeel. I am smitten yet again! Wine Safari Score: 96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
The 2019 Vintage was a tough one for the west Coast, the last year of a 4 year drought. This meant that in an already stress driven terroir, these wines would have to cope with even more stress to get the fruit to optimal ripeness without losing intensity.
The 2019 season was also 2 weeks earlier than the 2018, which meant that these grapes were picked at a lower balling than the 2018’s, resulting in a wine with a brighter acidity and a low PH
Winemaking and vinification
The grapes were picked early in the morning to preserve flavours and to keep them from beginning fermentation. They were transported to a cold room and cooled down overnight to preserve freshness. Everything was whole bunch pressed in a basket press, and foot stamped without the addition of sulphites or enzymes. It was cold settled for 2 days, and then racked into a 300 litre barrel to begin spontaneous fermentation, with no interference.
The 2019 vintage had a very good fermentation curve resulting in a ferment that lasted for almost a month, perfect for the development of thiols and to preserve the wine’s freshness. It was then aged for one whole year on the gross lees, and then 4 months on fine lees.
Koekenaap is located only 15km from the ocean; an environment perfectly suited for the production of Mediterranean styled wines. Warm sunny days and cold, misty nights, complemented by white sandy soils, helps to slow ripening resulting in wines that can be picked in a natural state of balance.
Winemaker: Sakkie Mouton
Composition – 100% Chenin
Wine of Origin – Costal Region
Vineyards – Koekenaap
Ageing potential: With the low PH. Low intervention and high natural acidity, plus the added ageing in barrel, this wine will definitely be able to age for 10-15 years plus
Only one bottle per order unless buying it in addition to a case that includes it.