Rich, exotic and tropical, with lots of concentration, assertive oak that should integrate with more time in bottle … and a fresh, penetrating finish. 2020-28 94/100 Tim Atkin MW
Grapes for this wine are harvested from a 54 year old single vineyard of Chenin Blanc on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills planted in ironstone. The number on the front of the bottle refers to the age of the vines in the year the wine was made.
In the vineyard
Careful attention to every grape coming into the cellar was necessary in the dry and arid 2018 vintage. Even though warmer temperatures than normal occurred during the harvest, hanging time was in line with other vintages. Botrytis development also took some time but did eventually occur after mid March drizzles.
About the harvest
Grapes are harvested between 22 and 24 balling and the juice allowed to settle without enzymes over several days
In the cellar
The juice is then drawn off into a special selection of barrels and allowed to ferment naturally. Fermentation took just under 8 months to finish and the wine was kept on the fermentation lees for an additional 1 month. 9 months in oak: 90% French and 10% Hungarian oak.
This Chenin will compliment an array of dishes: from orange infused duck confit to lemon infused Norwegian salmon on a bed of creamed spinach and potato puree. in the vineyard