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Chenin Blanc 2020


A Wine That

joins the club of some of the most exciting South African Chenin Blancs. Hailing from the Swartland, this is from one of the country's most talented young organic farmers. 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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Chenin Blanc - 2020

South Africa














Chenin Blanc

Where and How?

This comes from a bush vine vineyard (when the vines are trained like little bushes, the ancestral method of planting in hot climates) planted in 2002 on decomposed granite, which Jurgen, the winemaker, rents and farms 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 (all the yeasts and particles of grape skins etc, basically the good stuff!) in old 500L barrels, without battonage (no stirring, hence this wine is less rich than some South African Chenin Blancs), only being racked before bottling with a tiny touch of sulfites added.

The Winemaker

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. 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.

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