Terracura 2017 — Chenin Blanc
A Wine That
cascades across your tongue. The inaugural vintage of Terracura white, this is a wine of complexity and delicacy; a quiet, shy wine, that you need to sit down and spend some time with. Often Great Wines demand your attention, and this is one of those. It has immense poise; it is a wine that skits across your palate with the lightest touch; imagine the finest silk shoes of a ballerina en pointe; this wine exudes that finesse. Looking back at our notes from when we first tasted this wine, we wrote, "it takes a person with real comprehension of a vineyard and of their fruit to create something of such excellence. It is a gentle wine, an understated wine, but that does not mean it is not excellent. If anything, it propels its purity to greater heights." We stand by that, and can't wait for you to taste it.
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- Winemaker: Silwervis
Where & How?
Chenin Blanc grapes from a decomposed granite Paardeberg vineyard at the very top of the mountain, so high that Ryan and Samantha have nicknamed it "Sky."
Whole bunch pressed and aged for just over 12 months in old oak, this is about as pure as it gets.
Neither Ryan, a Zimbabwean, nor Samantha, from the UK, came from a family background of wine. Their story is one of those magical chance happenings, that led them to become who they are today: two of the brightest young sparks of South African wine. In his early 20s, Ryan often travelled to Basel, Switzerland, with his little brother for medical treatment. It was here of all places where he came across a wine bar that specialised in Piemonte. Ryan thinks back fondly saying,
"that's when I realised there was something really special about wine - you could work with the land in a way that has deep meaning. Something started stirring in my mind."
Next thing he knew, he had ditched working in the Zimbabwean tobacco industry, and through the help of friends found himself in Piemonte learning about winemaking. Ryan and Samantha, already friends, happened to bump into each other in Rome by coincidence, and started dating. They went to South Africa in 2008, as Ryan wanted to show Africa to Samantha. The trip was both intended as a holiday, but also to learn about wine, as the two had already fallen in love with the industry. As Samantha said,
"On that trip, we just got the sense that something incredible was possible there. We loved Italy, but it was very expensive for young people with no connections."
That was that. They finished their studies, moved to South Africa with no plan, just two backpacks between them, living on the road for many weeks. Four years later, they started their own winery, and today, they are considered two of the most talented young winemakers of the Swartland. All of their vineyards are tended organically, some by the farmers who own them, and others leased by the couple.