2021 Donkermaan Chenin Blanc

Western Cape,South Africa,

£182.95

Bottle size: 75cl,
  • GS-95

In stock

Roodekrantz Wines is a small boutique label who crafts fine artisanal wines from selected blocks of old dry land vines of exceptional terroir. South Africa’s ‘Old Vine Project’ – which aims to keep rare old-vine fruit away from large commercial blends – saw the Burger and Morkel families release the first Roodekrantz wines in 2015. Committed to preserving these ancient Certified Old Vine Heritage Vineyards, they work closely with their growers, encouraging respectful and sustainable vineyard practices. They source old parcels from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland and primarily focus on producing Chenins. Their wines are made with minimal intervention in the cellar to allow expression of the character of the vineyards. No new oak ensures the quality of the fruit and terroir shine through in every bottle.

Category: SKU: hub-10311475-6-DP-STOCK-N

Description

“CELLAR INFORMATION Crushed and pressed with settling of juice overnight. Barrel fermented in older oak with extended time on the fine lees. Barrel maturation for 11 months. VINEYARD INFORMATION Planted in 1976. Bush vineyard with sandy decomposed granite soils. Cool maritime influences with cool ocean breezes in the afternoon.
Grapes were handpicked early morning, very low yields.

Additional information

Wine Type

White

Country

South Africa

Region

Western Cape

Vintage

2021

Brand

Roodekrantz

Cultivar

Chenin Blanc

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

6x75cl

Alcohol Percentage

12.59

Duty Status

Duty Paid

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 95

From a Helderberg vineyard planted in 1967. Intriguing aromatics of peach, citrus, fynbos and wet wool. Great texture and mouthfeel – this has side-palate in addition to length and is just very well balanced. Subtle and intricate. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100 [Greg Sherwood, 01/03/2023]

Producer Profile

INTRODUCTION

Roodekrantz is a partnership between former Windmeul export manager Marius Burger, son Marius Junior and winemaker Danie Morkel that focuses on securing old vine parcels from across the winelands. The 2021 set of wines, all from Chenin Blanc, have just been released, and once again they are impressive (winemaking is the same throughout – inoculation with a commercial yeast so that the fermentation process doesn’t obscure terroir, maturation lasting 10 months in older oak).

 

CELLAR INFORMATION

In the winery fruit is crushed, pressed and settled overnight. The wine is racked from gross lees immediately after fermentation and returned to fine lees where it is occasionally stirred for the following 3-4 months. Then aged in barrels until December when it’s bottled.

 

VINEYARD INFORMATION 

Planted in 1975, Agter – Paarl. Soil is a combination of clay and decomposed Malmesbury rocks/shale. Grapes were handpicked early mornings over a 14 day period.