The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury.
74% Chenin Blanc, 8% Clairette Blanche, 6% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier, 2% Semillon Gris, 2% Macabeo, 1% Verdelho
29th October 2019
31 200 bottles / 2 600 cases and 157 Magnums
Alcohol 14 %
RS 1.9 g/l
TA 5.7 g/l
Source of Grapes: From 9 sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: one parcel of 41 year-old Chenin and a parcel of 11 year old Grenache Blanc, and 5 year old Macabeo and Verdelho, on the stony Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of 40-65 year-old dry land bush vine Chenin, one parcel of 44 year old Clairette Blanche and a 60 year old heritage Semillon Gris vineyard grown on the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and a parcel of 21 year-old Viognier on the iron-rich soils of the rolling hills west of Malmesbury. Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 13th February 2019.
Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 13th February 2019.
Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
As each parcel is harvested the grapes are chilled in our cold room. The grapes are then pressed whole-bunch and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all our wines, no other additions are made. The juice is then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 8 weeks. The wine is left without additional sulphur on its lees until spring. During this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.
9 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 500L barrels and one new 2000L Foudre
Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 ˚C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.