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Joostenberg Estate ‘Noble Late Harvest’ Chenin Blanc 2022 – 375ml


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. 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.

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Situated almost equidistant between Simonsberg, Paardeberg, Paarl Mountain, and Durbanville, Joostenberg has a unique combination of climactic conditions and soil types. The Myburgh family believe the best way to express this singular terroir is to farm organically and sustainably, which they have done for two decades.

Organic viticulture centres around the promotion of healthy, fertile soil by advocating responsible soil cultivation methods and strengtheners of natural origin, with the aim of improving the resistance of the vines. This means no herbicides, pesticides, or fertilisers, thus a less interrupted interpretation of terroir.

This tells only part of the story though, as high-quality fruit is just the start. Without thoughtful, skilled vinification, quality of grapes does not necessarily guarantee quality of wine.

The winemaking regime at Joostenberg has evolved considerably since Ex Animo has been working with them. Tyrrel is picking earlier to keep natural acidity (afforded to him by healthier soils), less aggressive extraction during ferments, using less transformative elevage vessels (he is using concrete eggs and terracotta dolium more and more), and bottling sooner.

This all results in wines that are more nuanced, detailed and altogether finer than in the past. Partnered with a new vision for the labels, these wines have a bright future.







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