This wine has become one of Joostenberg’s most popular and recognised wines. A huge amount of effort, both in the vineyard and the winery, is put into it every year. It is very dependent on weather conditions and this means the volume produced and the characteristics of the wine vary greatly from year to year.
Grapes were sourced from a 30 year old, organically farmed, unirrigated Chenin Blanc vineyard on Joostenberg. 2019 was a dry year, the yield was small and the vineyards were exceptionally healthy. The “noble rot” infections were sporadic and it took 4 very careful pickings to capture the golden essence. Only bunches that were raisoned or infected by noble rot were selected.
The grapes were “whole-bunch” pressed and the resulting juice was fermented, using natural yeast. Fermentation was allowed to carry on until it stopped on its own accord. Fermentation and maturation occurred in oak barrels. The new barrel component was unusually high (33%).
Christian Eedes: “Attractive aromatics with a top note of potpourri before apple, peach and apricot plus spice. The palate has great fruit density and comes across as pleasantly thick textured although not short of freshness, the finish long and savoury. 93/100”