Background

The Swartland has been outsider country, for people and for grape varieties, for centuries. Where vineyards near the city were subject to changes in fashion, the Swartland remained the bastion of the original varieties. And while coastal vineyards could be replaced within 20 years, in the Swartland, very old age was the norm. The Swartland is hot and dry, with many bush vine vineyards. When grown as a bush, near the ground, the vine is in sole charge of its crop. There are only as many grapes on each vine as the plant can bring to full ripeness. This, combined with the clay-rich schist soils, is the background story to the flavours of Swartland wines.

This Chenin Blanc vineyard in Riebeek West is on a north east facing slope of a ridge of foothills below the Kasteelberg. In summer, there is often a low-lying mist in this area until about 10 in the morning. A nearby single row of Clairette was picked with the Chenin and crushed together.
As some bunches showed the effects of sunburn, grape selection was carried out in the vineyard during the hand-harvesting. The crushed must was cold settled before the fermentation tank, where cultured yeast was introduced. The wine was fermented dry, and remained with fine lees in suspension until bottling in December.
Colour: Clear, with green hints
Aroma: Figs and citrus
Taste: Rounded and balanced, sweet fruit flavours
Alc. 13%
RS 201
TA 5.5
pH 3.45