To be read in winemaker Thinus Kruger’s voice:
Vineyard: there is a very unique 60 year old bush vine vineyard tucked away in the mountains north of Clanwilliam. On paper it is all Chenin blanc, but in reality it is around 8 tonnes Chenin, 1.5 tonnes Cinsault and 3 tonnes of other white varieties, these other varieties are mostly Palomino (70%), Chenel(20%) and some other odds and ends like Sauvignon blanc and Muscat d’Alexandrie also present. This non-vintage field blend is the result of two vintages of the “rest”, thus the Palomino + Chenel and Friends.
Winemaking: Grapes are whole bunch pressed and go straight into older oak barrels (300 liters) for natural fermentation, with only sulphur added. A blend of 65% 2017 and 35% 2018 vintage. The 2017 was in barrel for a year and tank for 6 months, the 2018 was in barrel for 6 months before blending and bottling.
Flavour profile: The entry of this wine is wrapped in freshly cut hay, citrus peel and supported by the lanolin hues so typical of this area with just the slightest hint of oxidativeness. The palate starts off very elegant and wide, with a fresh herbaceous quality. The entry on the palate displays dried apricots and flowers. The finish is dense with a lively lingering texture.
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