Old Vine, Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019

Seasonal Conditions

A very wet winter, with good late winter rains, made for excellent budding and berry development. Winter was very cold, keeping the wines dormant until spring and a slightly cooler than usual summer ensured even ripening and above average yields of excellent quality grapes, resulting in complex, layered wines with fresh and pure flavours.

Tasting Notes

A lightly wooded wine, clear medium lemon in colour. The nose shows beautiful layers of candied citrus, lime and lemon, ripe pear, quince, fresh peach and honeysuckle. It has a soft and elegant palate with flavours of star fruit, honeydew melons and lime that finishes with a salty minerality and a touch of nuttiness. 

Viticulture

The Certified Heritage Vineyard that produces our Chenin Blanc grapes was planted in 1974. It is a dryland, trellised and low yielding vineyard that produces around 2 tonnes of exceptional fruit  per hectare. The north facing vineyard has ancient decomposed granite soil, that adds to the minerality in the wine.

Viniculture

This is 100% Chenin Blanc. The grapes were harvested by hand at 22,5°C in the early morning to obtain the best quality fruit possible. The grapes were whole- bunch pressed, settled and fermented in a combination of 500L barrels (natural ferment), with the balance in stainless steel tanks. 33% of the wine was aged in 2nd fill 500L French oak barrels for 14 months.

Strictly limited production of 1801 numbered bottles. 

Serving Suggestions

Perfectly compliments roast duck confit with orange sauce. Also delicious with crayfish, langoustines, sushi and line fish carpaccio. A fine partner to gnocchi with green peas or almonds. Wonderful paired with a citrus tart or nutty nougat.

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Awards

Veritas 2020 – Gold
Tim Atkin Report 2020 – 90 Points
Gilbert & Gaillard 2020 – 91 Points

Analysis

Vintage: 2019
Cultivar: Chenin Blanc
Apellation: Wellington
Alcohol: 13 % vol
PH: 3,51
Total Acidity: 5,7 g/l
Sugar: 2,1 g/l
Optimum Drinking: From 2020
Oak: 33% wooded, 2nd fill 500 L barrels 14 months
Ageing: 14 months
Production: 1801 bottles

Terroir

Aspect: Southwest Facing
Trellising: Perold System
Climate: Cold winters, very hot summers
Rainfall: 450 – 600 mm/year
Geology: Decomposed Granite
Hectares: 1,5 ha
Yield: 2,8 tons/ha
Planted: 1974
Harvested: March 2019