Chenin Blanc (or often simply Chenin) originates in the Loire region in France. In South Africa also known as Steen is it the most planted variety.
Chenin Blanc is a very versatile grape; white wines from sweet to bone dry, still and sparkling are made from it. The famous mineral flavors of the French examples and in South Africa quite often tropical fruits like guavas.
This grape grows fairly easy and bares well under a lot of different climatologically circumstances. The only farming problem that might appear is rot at the final ripening stadium. A high acidity keeps this wines fresh and crisp
The Region: Grown and made on the Mooi Bly farm in Paarl, rooted for over 39 years in decomposed granite soils.
The farm is situated on the mountain slopes underneath the Du Toit kloof pass, East of Paarl Town. Nice South Eastern wind cools down the vineyards overnight and evening sun gives a slow ripening process.
The Winemaker: Erik Schouteden
The Vinification: After hand harvesting the fully ripe grapes they were brought into the cellar in small boxes. The grapes get sorted at the destemmer and then cooled down in the strainer for 5 hours to get the fresh mash at a temperature of 5 degrees before pressing. Al this is done to preserve maximum flavour of the fruits.
2 Days of settling and then the juice was racked so that the fermentation could start. At a temperature of 13 degrees all sugars turned into alcohol in a period of 2 weeks and left on its lees for another extra 2 weeks. Racked after this and left on the clean lees for 4months the fresh wine was stabilised and bottled.
The Chemistry: Alcohol: 13 % Residual Sugar: 1.6 Total Acidity: 6.1 PH: 3.22
The Winemakers Notes: Freshness in a glass, lime, Granny Smith apple and granadilla on the nose as well on the pallet. In the after taste you’ll find some more tropical fruits like pineapple. This is all the result of an old vine in very mineral soils.
The Optimal Drinkability: Enjoy fresh and finish in summer
The Food Match: Delicate fish dishes with lime sauce, goats cheese or crisp baked chicken. Obviously as well on its own as a summer aperitif!