Old Vines Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc,
Western Cape,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 17
  • Platter's: 94


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2020 is Ian’s first Chenin Blanc produced entirely from a single vineyard.

Where the previous vintages represented a blend of terroirs with grapes coming from 35-50 year old vines in the Swartland, Durbanville and Stellenbosch, the 2020 vintage is from a Agter-Paardeberg vineyard.

Category: SKU: 06d5ae105ea1
In The Cellar
Whole bunch pressed, the juice underwent natural fermentation in older oak barrels where it was kept on the lees for 6 months. This vintage will definitely make you think. With minimal interference and no additions barring some sulphites, this wine will age for 20+ years.

In The Vineyard
2020 had much larger yields than in 2019, characterized by decent bunch numbers thanks to good post-harvest and winter conditions. Soil profiles were also supplemented well due to late winter rainfall.
"Happily, this 2020 is already very impressive with wonderfully complex aromatics of crystallised pineapple chunks, bruised yellow orchard fruit, tangerine peal, white peach, wet thatch and sweet & sour notes of passion fruit liquor. The palate shows lovely vibrancy and energy all wrapped up tightly in a fine, harmonious glycerol depth of fruit concentration that seems slightly more exotic than previous vintages with seductive notes of lemon cordial, pineapples in syrup, tart white peaches and pithy green apple candy. Like all Ian’s delightful creations, this wine retains an incredible crystalline purity, tangy fresh acids, nervy textural linearity and a granitic liquid minerality that washes over the palate to counter-balance the fruit intensity. "GS