Elementis 2020 — Chenin Blanc
A Wine That
leaps out of the glass and grabs you by the hand, pulling you under with its intoxicating aromas of green apples, blossom and nutmeg. This is skin contact at its finest and gentlest - Jurgen emphasises that the skin contact should act as a vehicle for terroir to better express itself. As such, the tannins are gentle and soothing, not rough and tough. The ideal wine for any sceptics of skin contact!
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- Winemaker: Intellego
Where & How?
From bush vine unirrigated Chenin Blanc vines planted in the Swartland in 1988, on oakleaf soils.
The grapes were destemmed and fermented on the skins for 13 days in open tanks, and aged in old 500L barrels for ten months. Bottled with just a tiny touch of sulphur.
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.