“Pithy but not oily as some Swartland Chenin can be, fennel roasted under balsamic, an incredible texture to this wine, almost as if biting into a slightly underripe pear, iodine and whimsy, cumquat peel and lychee, salted oatmeal topped with mini pink marshmallows.” – Daniel Grigg, Museum Wines.
Chenin Blanc – FINE WINE SALE
Coastal Region,South Africa,
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed and naturally fermented with wild yeast in old French oak barrels. This ensures a terroir-driven expression of flavour. The wine remained untouched for a further 10 months on its gross lees where it becomes naturally stable and flavour complexity reaches a height. Bottled without fining and a very light filtration. Sulphites are kept low but keeping the integrity of the wine in mind with further aging in bottle.
In The Vineyard
The vines used have an average age of about 40 years. These dry-land vineyards were established on the granitic soils of the mountain slopes. Grapes were carefully hand- harvested in the early morning to escape the mid-day scorch. The grape’s flavours are intense and well textured but freshness and acidity is the key to create a well-balanced wine in typical Swartland conditions.
"This is another beautifully expressive Chenin Blanc from warm granitic mountain slopes in the Swartland region. Jasper and Franziska Wickens own and farm some truly profound vineyards in the Paardeberg area and this Chenin Blanc is a classically styled steely white shaped by its decomposed granitic terroir. The aromatics are cool and supremely mineral with layers of crushed gravel, dried green herbs, oatmeal biscuits, lemon rind, yellow orchard fruits and sweet wet hay nuances. The palate reveals lovely textural tension and fruit / acid intensity without losing any elegance and precision, showing plenty of pineapple pastille, bruised yellow orchard fruits, wet river pebble minerality and a pithy, leesy finish. This is a wine that speaks volumes of its origin, expresses its unique terroir and seduces the drinker in doing so. There are many far more expensive Swartland Chenin Blancs on the market but few which reach this level of complexity and palate-appeal for a similar price. Drink now and over the next 5 to 8 years." - Greg Sherwood MW.