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Producer: OlifantsbergGrape Varieties: 100% Chenin BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Textural elegant whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
Olifantsberg is passionate about producing authentic wines with a true sense of place, which reflect the unique location of their vineyard. The focus is on sustainable farming and winemaking practices, resulting in limited intervention in the both the vineyard and cellar. The team are fully committed to understanding their terroir and managing their natural resources through conservation, which adds to the singularity of their wines. The unique terroir with its combination of Breede-shale, Renosterveld and sandstone soils, constant winds and elevation; produce concentrated fruit that results in elegant, fresh and age-worthy wines.
2017 saw below average rainfall and warm weather; the Breedekloof region experienced one of its driest growth and ripening periods ever in 2017. Some cooler weather during the ripening period helped to produce fruit with excellent balance. The cooler weather continued into the harvesting period forming the perfect combination for an exceptional quality harvest, resulting in very healthy vineyards and smaller berries with good flavour and colour concentration.
The grapes were grown in unique sites from older vines which have an average age of 37 years. The vines are grown by a passionate grower who shares the Olifantsberg philosophy and uses sustainable viticulture.
The grapes were hand-harvested and cooled overnight. Bunch sorting took place to ensure only the best grapes were vinified. Fermentation took place in a combination of vessels: 2,000 litre French oak foudres, seasoned barrels and stainless steel tanks. Each vessel resulted in a different expression of Chenin Blanc, imparting a layered dimension to the wine. The wine was aged for nine months on the lees in French oak, which contributed to the complexity and texture of the wine.
A Chenin Blanc which shows aromas of crisp green apples, white pear and delicate pineapple layered with subtle oak nuances. Rich and full, with a good depth of fruit and a refreshing feel to balance the rich and creamy palate.
This textured white accompanies chargrilled chicken, roasted pork belly with apple sauce or smoked fish.
Chenin Blanc 100%
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