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Joostenberg Estate ‘Die Agteros’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021

R195.00

When oxen were used as draft animals the youngest, least experienced ox was positioned at the rear of the team. As he got stronger and more skilled he worked his way to the front, hence the Afrikaans saying “agteros kom ook in die kraal”, meaning “the hind ox gets there eventually”. These grapes come from the oldest vineyard on the farm, planted in 1982. This lovingly tended vineyard was under-valued for many years before its real potential was noticed.

From a single, dry-farmed vineyard planted in 1982. The soil is clay-rich and relatively shallow resulting in low vigour, small vines. In order to optimize the influence of terroir the vineyards are managed according to organic principles.

Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. Spontaneous fermentation and then maturation in seasoned barrels (20%), clay amphorae (20%) and concrete “eggs” (60%).

Christian Eedes: “Top notes of floral perfume and fynbos before pear and white peach while the palate shows pure fruit, bright acidity with some pithy character to the finish. Light in body with good clarity and drive, this is a wine that’s all about subtlety rather than massive fruit power. 91/100”

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Tyrrel & Anette Myburgh Tyrrel and Anette are the 5th generation of Myburghs on the Joostenberg farm in Paarl. They strongly believe in the fundamental importance of origin. This manifests itself in the vineyards by farming organically and often without irrigation. The winemaking philosophy avoids obtrusion as much as they deem is possible without compromising quality.

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