Cape of Good Hope

Chenin Blanc

The Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. The bush vine Chenin Blanc vineyards, planted in 1988, yield fruit of great intensity and richness balanced by bright acidity and length. A small 0.8ha bush vine vineyard (Clone 880) was planted in 2013, producing outstanding quality fruit used in the production of this wine.

The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. Whole bunches were pressed and the juice settled overnight. Fermentation occurred in both stainless steel tanks (65%) and French Oak barrels (17% new) and the wine spent 8 months on the lees before being blended and bottled.

  • 91 Points - Tim Atkin
  • 4.5 Stars - Platter's
Tasting Notes

Chenin Blanc

The Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. The bush vine Chenin Blanc vineyards, planted in 1988, yield fruit of great intensity and richness balanced by bright acidity and length.

The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. Whole bunches were hand-sorted and pressed and the juice settled overnight. 12% of the wine was fermented and matured in 3008 and 5008 French Oak barrels (86% new, 14% 2nd fill) and the balance remained in stainless steel tank. The wine spent 8 months on the lees before being blended and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Oatmeal, macadamia nuts and creamy stone fruit on the nose. The palate echoes those flavours with its richness and breadth. Peach pip, nectarine and stone fruit are fresh and lively while the oak supports it in a well defined cradle. Again oatmeal and nutty flavours are apparent but not overwhelming. The wine is powerful but refined and structured. Nothing is superfluous and its perfectly proportioned with a long tail of flavour that ends with a delightfully pithy citrus twist. Will reward patient cellaring.

Vintage Notes

Despite the continuing severe drought conditions in the Western Cape, the 2018 harvest yielded very healthy fruit with beautiful flavour and good acidity. Relatively cool conditions and intermittent rainfall during the growing season delayed the onset of vintage slightly in comparison to the previous three vintages. The warmer regions like Swartland were most severely affected by the drought, resulting in extremely low yields of high quality fruit.

Harvesting

01/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

Origin of Fruit

Riebeeksrivier, Swartland

Soil Type

Shale

Yield

2.77t/ha

Tasting Notes

Complex nose with apricot and nectarine brushed by a dusty gravel element and just a hint of floral perfume. In the mouth it is lively and tangy with a bright, acidic, lemon zip which then makes way for the rounder, riper melon-, peach-, kiwi fruit and apricot flavours. Fresh and lively but with lovely texture and mouthfeel. Good integration of oak. Complex with a hint of creamy spice on the tail which lingers long.

Vintage Notes

With the large-scale water restrictions during the 2016 season, the post-harvest period was characterised by very dry conditions which led to early leaf fall. Although the cold was sufficient, the winter was really brief and abruptly ended by an unusually warm August which led to a rapid and early bud burst of the vineyards. Moderately warm weather during the ripening process, with cooler than usual night temperatures and minimal heat peaks, made for ideal harvest conditions.

Average Temperature

17.7°C

Rainfall

535.2mm

Harvesting

31/01/2017 - 15/02/2017

Origin of Fruit

Riebeeksrivier, Swartland

Soil Type

Shale

Yield

8ton/ha

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