Sourced from two Old Vine Chenin blanc bush-vine vineyards on the Paardeberg, one in an exposed site at the top of a ridge with almost 360-degree views planted in 1983. The second block on a lower site in a Paardeberg valley planted in 1981. Both vineyards are situated in decomposed granite soils.
Harvest and Winemaking
The grapes were all harvest by hand in the early hours. The bunches were whole bunch pressed into old French oak and fermented naturally without any additions. The wine was aged for 12 months in old French oak barrels and racked off the lees before bottling. Only a slight sulphur addition was made at bottling.
Notes of chamomile, fennel, lemon pith and fresh pear followed by mandarin and ginger notes. The palate presents fresh lemon, musk, jasmine and a subtle hint of clove spice. Lingering freshness of acidity and taut, saline texutre. 12.5% ABV. It is recommended to decant the wine prior to drinking or enjoy for up to the next 15 years.
Christian Eedes, Wine Mag:
New to the range, grapes for this come from two Paardeberg vineyards planted in 1981 and 1983 respectively. Matured for just over 12 months in old oak. A hint of reduction before pear, white peach, apple, hay and talcum powder. Lovely fruit purity and snappy acidity plus some nice tannic grip – has an unusual and very pleasing silkiness about it. Plenty of personality but equally very nicely balanced. 96/100.