2018 Marras Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc

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2018 Marras Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes 


Aromas of pear, quince and baking spice.


Tastes of fresh juicy pear on the palate and a refreshing aftertaste.

Winemakers Notes

Grapes were ripened by bush vines on the Piekenierskloof mountain. Hand harvested grapes were cooled overnight. Destemmed, crushed and left for 4 hours to obtain skin contact. Partially natural fermented. Combination of barrel and tank fermentation. Matured on fine lees for 6 months.


If you can talk to a grape, it will tell you that the Piekenierskloof region is the ideal spot for a tough top class wine-producing grape, as it’s exposed to extreme conditions. Piekenierskloof is the mountain pass between Piketberg and Citrusdal, over the Olifants River Mountains. With warm inland temperatures rising from the Swartland during the day and cool Atlantic sea breezes rolling in overnight, these grapes grow in a dryer soil with just enough water to produce grapes that add depth and complexity to every single sip. 

The Region

The Swartland begins some 50 kilometers north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. It is so called because of the endemic Renosterbos that appears dark mainly when it rains in winter. The Swartland area is mainly known for wheat, but the crown prince in this area is the small concentrated berries of the vines that produce well-balanced and exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines.

Alan's Personal Notes

"This is really good!! Warm rich stone fruits with wonderfully exhibitive mineral notes and fresh acidity to make it incredibly rich but perfectly balanced with great length and complexity!!"


Year 2018
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Chenin Blanc
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type White Wine
Features Vegan & Vegetarian approved
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Roast chicken, turkey and pork
Origin Swartland
Appellation WO Swartland