The tropical bouquet, pleasing acidity and rounded rich flavours of creamy peach and almond make this Chenin ideal for decadent dinners: think roast pork belly, citrus-infused duck or crayfish curry.
SERVE WITH: Crisp pork belly with oriental caramelisation, duck breast with fynbos honey and spices, or Cape-style pickled fish.
Dryland, old-vine parcels with an average age of 35 years supply the grapes for this concentrated, overtly wooded Chenin Blanc which shows layers of honey, pear and guava, some tannin and extract from short skin contact and a rich, toasty finish. Drink 2021-24 - Tim Atkin MW
WINEMAKER: Jacques Erasmus
ORIGIN: Cape Town
TERROIR / SOIL:
The vineyard is planted in the high hills of Tygerberg. The landscape is renowned for old geological formations, and the soil for Malmesbury shale. The proximity to the ocean is around 15 km.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Dryland, semi-trellised vines with an average age of 33 years in a single vineyard yielded the grapes for this wine. The ocean breezes tempered the heat enabling the berries to hang on the vine for longer. They were picked in four parcels in late February: a yield of 6 tons per hectare.
Grapes were hand-harvested in 10kg lug boxes and pre-cooled before hand-sorting, destemming and crushing. Skin contact was limited to 6 hours and the free-run juice drained off to settle overnight before inoculation. The fermentation took place in a combination of 300L, 400L, 500L and 2500L French oak barrels. The wine matured for 14 months in barrels; 60% were new fill, while the balance was second fill.
This wine has received Control Union Vegan Standard certification by the accredited certifying body Control Union.
14.44 % vol