Intellego Chenin Blanc 2019
A Wine That
joins the club of some of the most exciting South African Chenin Blancs. Fine and zesty: almond skin notes and pear skin are joined by a sprinkle of sea salt. It's a wine for both drinking and thinking, and will even benefit from being decanted to watch it evolve with air.
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- Winemaker: Intellego
Where and How?
From a bush vine vineyard planted in 2002 on decomposed granite, which Jurgen farms himself organically. If Jurgen hadn't so fast to visit the vineyard, the vines would have been ripped out by their owner to make way for grazing land. He is their saviour!
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented on the heavy lees in old 500L barrels, without battonage, only being racked before bottling with a tiny touch of sulphur added.
Jurgen Gouws may only be in his 30s but he has an impressive track record already. From working with Eben Sadie both here in the Swartland and in Priorat at Terroir al Limit, to working in Côte-Rotie and the Roussillon, to eventually working with Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek, he has had an impressive lineup of mentors. Originally from the eastern Cape, Jurgen decided to settle in the Swartland because of the energy of the place:
"From the beginning I fell in love with the Swartland. Number one because of the people - there was this totally different relaxed vibe - they were really chilled. There were no egos. I realised it was possible to work and enjoy life. Too often, Africa can be all work, work work, and that's it. Sometimes we miss out a bit on the good part of life - like sitting down with a glass of really great wine."
These days, Jurgen leases vineyards to farm organically, as well as working closely with a number of organic and biodynamic farmers from whom he purchases fruit. He is on a mission to use natural methods to ensure his vines live a healthy long life, while producing enough crop to be financially viable. In a region that suffers greatly from drought, this is not always easy, but so far, so good: this is one of the most exciting young farmer-winemakers in Africa.