2022 Oldenburg Chenin Blanc

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2022 Oldenburg Chenin Blanc

This vintage of Chenin Blanc displays a stunning array of aromas and flavours!

Tasting Notes 

Nose

Peaches and cream, gentle citrus pith, with hints of beeswax and honey. Burnt orange peel and vibrant notes of naartjie and ginger add to floral hues of jasmine and chamomile.

Palate

The palate shows ripe pears and naartjie, accompanied by an elegant hint of vanilla and chamomile. The mouth-feel is sublime, the acidity is zesty, and the fruit is incredibly balanced. Lovely notes of honey and baking spices linger on the finish.

2022 Oldenburg Chenin Blanc

Winery

At Oldenburg Vineyards we believe that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal to reflect the full potential of our mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir through our range of single cultivar wines. The confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine our unique terroir is explored through these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an uncompromising manner intending to showcase the finest characteristics of each cultivar.

Vinification

    Grapes were picked by hand from cooler climate vineyards with an average age of 40 years. Bunches were sorted by hand and whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press on a gentle Champagne cycle. The juice was settled overnight and then racked to Austrian oak Foudre and older fill 300L French oak barrels for spontaneous fermentation. The wild yeast fermentation took 2 to 3 months to complete. Partial Malolactic conversion was done on some of the batches. 

    11 months in 70% Austrian oak Foudre, 30% in Old French oak barrels

    Vintage Conditions

    Stellenbosch, in general, played host to a perfect winter, with steady cold units being accumulated through to the end of August with even rainfall throughout the winter. The good winter cold led to a particularly even bud break. Spring was cool and dry, which favoured the flowering and fruit set for the vintage. Good summer rainfall meant the vigour needed to be kept in check. Despite a relatively hot and dry ripening period, temperatures were kept moderate due to our higher altitude and ultimately led to an exceptionally good harvest with great sugar accumulation.

    Accolades

    • 93pts | Tim Atkin

    Specifications

    Year 2022
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Chenin Blanc
    Country South Africa
    Alcohol content
    13.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.8 units
    Food matching Goats cheese and apple salad topped with candied walnuts and a honey vinaigrette.
    Cellaring Potential A wine that promises to reward those who choose to let it develop in the bottle for a further 8 – 12 years.
    Type White Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Origin Stellenbosch
    Appellation WO Western Cape