Chenin Blanc – Skin Macerated
Planted in 1981, bush vine, farmed organically. This is a 1.5ha block we “discovered” which was abandoned in 2014, we approached the farmer Rick Mcgrindle and asked if we could try and revive it. The vineyard gives a very specific salty character to the wines, maybe not as intense as those from the heart of the Paardeberg but there is a definite salinity which we love. This may be because it is only 30km from the ocean or just the character that chenin gets on these soils.
Hand harvested and 100% Destemmed into open 1500L fermenters. Fermented on the skins for 14 days before being pressed off into a 3300L old oak Foudre and 1 x 1500L barrels. After 4 months the wine was blended and aged in one 10 000L fibreglass tank.