Craggy mountains and their undulating foothills. Granite rich deposits underlying gravelly soil. Tracts of land with a scent of the sea almost powerful enough to overwhelm the senses. Crisp breezes and cool morning mist which envelop hillside vineyards, offering intermittent glimpses of venerable, gnarled vines. These are the surroundings that have Chenin Blanc as one of the valued tenants – the South African Winelands. It is in these diverse habitats that this noble variety expresses its inherent finesse and complexity.
Lofty altitudes and southerly aspects punctuate the quality of the 2007 Chenin Blanc. Old vines, in excess of 25 years, equip the winemaker with luscious, gradually ripened fruit. Fruit is exposed to sunlight, using deliberate leaf removal techniques, that aids in the development of honeyed pineapple scents and a deep golden colour in the wine.