Lemon-straw in colour, this wine has a nose of crushed rocks, green citrus, cloves and a floral perfume. The palate is full, rich and has a mineral core, with a fresh, clove-like finish. Best served at 10 to 12 C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.
Wine Spectator 90 points - This is alluring, offering creamed yellow apple and pear fruit, laced with ginger, persimmon and quinine notes, all backed by a long blanched almond accent on the finish, imparting spine and energy. Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche and Viognier. Drink now through 2016. 1,500 cases made. -JM (Jun 30 2015)
|Wine maker notes|
|The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin, and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift.|
|We are a small, highly focused Family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel producing a select Family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa. The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is a series of rolling hills, with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Riebeek Kasteel and Piketberg Mountains. It is not an easy place to establish vines, and is a region that has as much of an influence on the vineyards and people who farm there as the people have on the land itself. This brings to mind what film director David von Ancken has to say about the old American West “The primal, universal power of the landscape strips away everything but the truth of menís souls.Ē In much the same way, we feel the Swartland landscape bares the souls of grape vines, and in those varieties that can take the ruggedness, true personality of site is revealed.|