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Hogan Chenin Blanc 2020


Hogan Chenin Blanc 2020
Wine of Origin: Swartland

Technical analysis
pH: 3.41
TA: 5.4 g/l
RS: 1.3 g/l
Alc: 12.0%

The Chenin blanc grapes were handpicked in early February from old, bush vines, planted on decomposed granite from Joubertskloof in Swartland, delivering only 2 tons/ha (11hL/ha). The vineyard block is irrigated and is east facing which contributes to the favourably low pH.

After picking, the grapes were then cooled overnight to 10 degrees celcius and hand-sorted the next day followed by a gentle whole bunch press. No sulphur or any other additions were made to the must at pressing. Natural fermentation took place in 225L and 300L French oak barrels followed by natural malolactic fermentation (after which the wine received the first sulphur addition). The wine was racked off the gross lees in early January 2021 and bottled later that month.

Tim Atkin South Africa 2021 Special report: September 2021: 93/100
Platter’s Guide 2022: 93 points (4.5 stars)
Aromas of poached pears, fresh lemon, a hint of herbs, brioche and salted almonds. Transparent and elegant with complex depth of floral and spice flavours and a savoury finish.

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Jocelyn makes her wines in the Banhoek Valley, but sources grapes from various regions. No yeast is used, and minimal new oak. In her own words:

“Each bottle of wine should contain the unique story of its vintage.

For us, making wine right now in South Africa, is about being part of a revolution that is changing the ideals of winemaking. It is shifting the emphasis back to the farmers and the small-scale wine producers, who in their separation of laudable vineyards and attention to small batches of wine, are able to showcase the best South Africa has to offer.

We feel wine should be a history lesson of what the vine has experienced over the year, whether good or bad. No year is ever the same. Our wines are never going to be consistent. We don’t want to make wine to a recipe; we want to make natural, site-specific, vintage driven wines.

We’ve selected vineyards suited in terms of climate and soil to the varietals we make. We’ve looked for older vines which tell the story of the vintage through their well-established root systems, gnarled trunks and lower yields.”







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