The Sadie Family Die Ouwingerdreeks 'Mev. Kirtsen' Chenin Blanc
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"Vineyard: At the foot of Bothmaskop in Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch. Yield of 7 hl/ha
Soils: Heavily decomposed Table Mountain sandstone Aging Potential: 5-10 years
We have been working with grapes from this decomposed granite vineyard (much of it planted in the 1920s) at the foot of Bothmaskop Mountain in Stellenbosch’s Jonkershoek Valley since 2006.
The mere one hectare of vines belonging to Mrs. Kirsten and her family is recognized as the oldest Chenin Blanc in South Africa. The vineyard is slowly but surely dying, and continuing work is needed to prolong its life.
Because of our experience with vinifying these grapes, more understanding of the vineyard has been gained. For example, it is clear that the juice from its grapes is prone to oxidation. However, with its brilliant acidity, the structural integrity of the wine suggests that it will likely age very well.
Harvesting dates are now earlier, to retain even more of the vineyard’s unique acidity. This has slightly reduced its oxidation potential and revealed more bright fruit, without losing structure.
It is vinified slightly differently from other whites, with an initial carbonic maceration, followed by fermentation.
This wine is very different from the Chenin of Skurfberg. Together they present a new exposition of the many dimensions of this great variety."