VARIETAL: 100 % Chenin Blanc
ALCOHOL: 13,5 % vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.4 g/l pH: 3.48
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.7 g/l
We proudly present the 3rd vintage of this rather new and very scare Organic Chenin. This wine is an estate wine for us and made from the oldest Chenin vineyard on the farm. Like you all know we are farming everything organically since the early 2000’s and that we are seen as one of the trailblazers in South – Africa. Our winemaking also pushes the boundaries to the complete extremes and that is why we can produce, this unique wine, on our fantastic Simonsberg – Stellenbosch terroir.
The 2019 vintage in Stellenbosch and very much all wine growing areas were not easy. We came out of 3 years of less than average rain and the weaker “terroirs” were suffering. Plants really struggled and in many cases did not have enough reserves to ripen the grapes properly. Luckily our stand out clay soils were a bit more buffered.
Deep clay soils are not only much cooler but also have a much better water retention. Therefore the plants don’t go in stress mode so quickly.
We pick everything by hand and decided with this vintage to also pick some grapes really early to keep the natural acidity. We do some very strange winemaking for this wine. Let me just say we treat white like red and do very much everything that is not allowed in SA winemaking. No sulfur, yeast, enzymes or any other funky commercial products. Just grapes.
The finished wine is matured for 11 months in a combination of “egg shaped” raw concrete and older larger oak French and Hungarian oak barrels.