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Producer: Swartland WineryGrape Varieties: Chenin Blanc 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Creamy complex whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
Rich aromas of dried fruit, peach, apricot and citrus hints follow through on to a creamy palate. A crisp, well balanced and intense wine, with integrated oak is still light enough to enjoy more than one glass!
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch could not be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, and has created a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate.
The 2014 vintage in Swartland was challenging, it was a very wet winter in 2013 which followed through into the early growing season, so yields and canopy sizes were up. The growing season was predominantly cool and coupled with the higher crop yield, the harvest started a couple of weeks later than usual, but with amazing acidity levels. A heat-wave hit the region just as harvesting started, so the producers worked flat out to get everything in on time. The incredible acidities of the grapes picked early, compared to those picked later with slightly lower levels, meant it was a year for blending to achieve the perfect balance.
From the carefully selected vineyards in Paardeburg, to the Rhône style varietals grown in Babylon's Peak, minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount. Sowing cover crops between the vines provides protection from the winter rains and also maintains the valuable mineral content, nutrients and moisture during the hot summers. 80% of the vineyards are small bush vines with an average yield of six tonnes per hectare; the quality of fruit is exceptional. The soil types vary from Hutton, Clovelly, Sandy Fernwood, and Kroonstad, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone. The gravel sub-structure of the soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry climate. The wines created here are truly expressive of pure origin and the vibrant terroir from which they hail.
Perfect with a creamy cheese and bruschetta salad or pan-fried scallops with asparagus on a bed of young leaves
Chenin Blanc 100%
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