The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury.
Fermentation is in barrel with indigenous yeasts and the wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new.
Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 è_C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.
- 2010 – 5 Stars Platter, 91/100 Wine Advocate, 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson
- 2011 – 4.5 Stars Platter, 94/100 Tim Atkin, 92/100 Steve Tanzer
- 2012 – 4.5 Stars Platter, 91/100 Wine Advocate, 18/20 Jancis Robinson
- 2013 – 4.5 Stars Platter, 92/100 Wine Advocate, 17/20 Jancis Robinson
- 2014 – 5 Stars Platter, 93/100 Wine Advocate