The Cederberg style Chenin Blanc offers beautiful layers of melon, grapefruit and fleshy white pear.
Five months lees contact ensured a mouth-coating creaminess on the palate with lively crisp acidity to finish off. Altitude vineyards make this Chenin Blanc truly unique.
Wines with Altitude
The Cederberg lies about 250 km north of Cape Town. This vast region encompasses approximately 162 000 ha of rugged mountainous terrain, stretching from the Pakhuis Pass behind Clanwilliam in the north, to Grootrivier in the south, towards Ceres. Forty-six kilometers inland from the N7, between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam – with two mountain ranges separating the farm from the Olifants River – lies Cederberg Private Cellar on the farm Dwarsrivier. It is the highest wine farm above sea level in the Western Cape.
History of the Cellar
The San and Khoi peoples inhabited the Cederberg area from early times, leaving behind a rich legacy of rock art. It was only during the mid-1800s that another tough group of people set foot in the Cederberg – the Nieuwoudt family. The first Nieuwoudts arrived in South Africa during the early 1700s. Nearly 100 years later, their descendants moved to the Cederberg. In 1893 the present family moved to the farm Dwarsrivier, which is also known as Cederberg Private Cellar and Sanddrif Holiday Resort. Six generations ago, no one would have guessed that this rugged, fynbos-covered area on the edge of the Succulent Karoo biome would one day become a high-altitude wine farm in the Cape Winelands. The farm itself lies in the Cederberg Wilderness Area and only 66 ha are under vine. Today, this award-winning winery is owned by David Nieuwoudt – proudly fifth generation. Emma, David’s daughter, is the sixth generation.
Many stories have been told about ‘how it all started’. Maybe the first Platter’s guide to South African wines (1980) puts it best: ‘Oom Pollie has confounded the experts by producing prize-winning wines on his farm high in the remote Cederberg Mountains. He first started making wine for the farm workers with table grapes that ripened too late to be taken in by the nearest co-operative. The venture was so successful, he decided to try his hand at making red wine, and the first vintage in 1977, though too small to be certified, was acclaimed by experts as being up to Superior standards’. The other story goes as follows: There used to be no vines on the farm. A friend, who worked for the Deciduous Fruit Board, noticed that winter fruit was doing really well on this fruit and tobacco farm. He recommended that the family plant table grape vines. This was done in 1965 and these vines did so well that the first wine vines were planted in 1973 – the source of the top-class Cabernet Sauvignon of 1977/8. David’s grandfather, Oom Pollie, and his uncle, Oom Flippie, managed the farm until 1997. During 1997 David took over the reins from Oom Flippie. Oom Pollie passed on during 1988 and Oom Flippie in 2010.
A Responsible Approach
Our commitment to responsible living is reflected in everything we do, from the way we manage our facilities to the audits we participate in and the special projects we support namely:
- World Wildlife Fund for Nature
- Waitrose Foundation
- Pebbles Project
We care about people and we care about the environment. But most of all, we care about how responsibly we, as people, interact with the pristine Cederberg Wilderness around us.
- SAWi Awards '17 - Top Ranking Chenin Blanc : 28th Position
- Platter's SA Wine Guide '20 : 4 stars - 2019 vintage
- Veritas '19 : Silver - 2019 vintage
- Tim Atkin '19 Report - 2018 vintage
- Platter's SA Wine Guide '19 : 4 Stars - 2018 vintage
- Veritas '18 : Silver - 2018 vintage
- Tim Atkin '18 : 90 points - 2018 vintage
- Platter's Wine Guide '18 : 4 stars - 2017 vintage
- Tim Atkin '17 : 90 points - 2017 vintage
- Gold Wine Awards : Gold - 2017 vintage
- Stephen Tanzer - USA '17 : 89 points - 2016 vintage
- Veritas '16 : Silver - 2016 vintage
- Wine Spectator Review '16 : 88 points - 2015 vintage
- Wine Spectator Review '16 : 87 points - 2014 vintage
- Stephen Tanzer '15 : 90 points - 2014 vintage
- SAWi Awards '15 - Grand Gold Chenin Blanc : 93.0
13.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.1 units|
|Cellaring Potential||1-3 years after release
|Features||Sustainable farming methods, Vegan & Vegetarian approved|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Food Matches||This wine will be well suited to creamy dishes as well as light summer lunches.|
|Appellation||WO Western Cape|