IN THE VINEYARD
Wine of Origin : Citrusdal Mountain
Altitude : 500m
Distance from sea : Approximately 30km
Soil : Red sandy soils (decomposed sandstone) over a layer of clay
Age of vines : Planted in 1957
Trellising : Bush vine
Irrigation : Dry farmed
IN THE CELLAR
The Chenin grapes were hand harvested at optimum ripeness, hand sorted, crushed and destemmed. The juice was immediately pressed and cold settled for 2 days at 10°C. Half was spontaneously fermented in a stainless steel tank and half was spontaneously fermented in 4th fill 400 liter French oak barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the fine lees in stainless steel tank/oak barrels for 9 months before blending and bottling. No malolactic fermentation.
Complex and elegant, with layers of pure, concentrated pear, citrus and stone fruit flavors, mouth-watering acidity and a tangy, mineral core.
Hailing from the fabled terroir of South Africa’s Skurfberg, this iconic Cape Chenin boasts a stellar 7 maximum 5-star ratings in Platter’s South African Wine Guide since its 2009 vintage debut.
Platter’s SA Wine Guide : 5 stars
Tim Atkin MW : 96 points
Winemag.co.za (Christian Eedes) : 95 points
Vinous (Neal Martin) : 92 points
Jancis Robinson : 17 points
Alc : 14% | TA : 6.3 g/l | RS : 3.7 g/l | pH : 3.22
Production : 6256 bottles