Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2003

Chenin Blanc from South Africa

Item No. 82000
  • white wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Vineyards & Harvest: This mature, prime vineyard is located on the footslopes of the magnificent Helderberg Mountain, facing the ocean, in a South-Westerly and South-Easterly orientation. It consistently produces some of the finest Chenin grapes in the Stellenbosch Region.

The grapes were de-stemmed, gently pressed in a pneumatic bag press, then the juice settled in chilled stainless steel tanks prior to fermentation, partially in small French and American oak Left on the lees for 4 months, with regular battonnage , ultimate freshness was preserved, whilst developing considerable complexity and depth in the wine. Bottled young, after 5 months maturation, the wine retains fruit and aromatic concentration: the exact qualities you'd expect from beautiful old vines.

Tasting Notes: The nose hints at the wonderful elegance of this wine. White petals, citrus crispness, gentle vanilla, spicy cinnamon. The palate unfolds layers of fresh lime, deep, abundant rich fruitiness, and tingling spices -all wrapped in harmonious notes of mellow French oak. In essence, it has immense personality. Aromatic, fresh, intense and fruity; a wonderfully balanced combination of the finer attributes of good Cape Chenin.

Learn About Vinum Africa

Vinum Africa brings together for the first time 4 passionate wine minds, from contrasting corners of the world, balancing different nationalities, wits and cultures. The overlapping common ground is incarnated in the form of their friendship and their wines. Innovation often comes from creative destruction. Consequently, they like to break down unnecessary barriers and formalities, and create off-beat wines with down to earth and novel or curious objectives.

Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc (SHEN-uhn Blahnk) Model of Versatility The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the Loire Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres, Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...

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