100% Chenin blanc. A single-vineyard wine from a bush vine parcel planted in 1964. The vineyard is situated on the foothills of the Helderberg West Peak, South Africa.
The wine offers an understated bouquet that unfolds delicately in the glass, with hints of apple, hay and ginger spice.
The palate is well-balanced and offers more of a textural experience than overt flavours. It has a vibrant mineral core with a touch of citrus on the finish leaving a slight tannic grip after the wine has departed.
The guiding principle for Wade Metzer’s winemaking philosophy is that winemaking must always respect the fruit. To achieve this he uses non-interventionist principles; no mechanical interventions, indigenous yeasts and no fining or filtration. Many of his wines are Old Vine Certified, including this Chenin.
This wine is one of Wade Metzer’s two single site, Old VIne, Chenin Blancs – this one was planted in 1964 and is situated on the Helderberg foothills. While both are vinified identically, the wines are stylistically different, which really highlights the sense of place of each site.
In order to preserve fruit integrity, the grapes were picked in the early hours of the morning. After pressing and a brief period of skin contact, the juice was transferred to a tank and allowed to settle overnight (without the use of settling enzymes). The settled wine was transferred to old oak barrels, in which fermentation occurred. 9 months of barrel ageing, on the lees without stirring, followed before bottling (after a coarse filtration).
- 96 points | Tim Atkin
|100% Chenin Blanc
12.9% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle
The wine delivers immediate drinking pleasure but will gain in complexity with further cellaring. Optimum
drinking: 2022 – 2030 (8° C).
Delicate chicken dishes such as a chicken and leek pie will go beautifully with this wine.
|WO Western Cape