Vineyard: Skurfberg Mountains in the Olifants River Region. Yield of 18–22 hl/ha
Soils: Decomposed Table Mountain sandstone
Aging Potential: 5–15 years
A blend of Chenin Blanc from old bushvine parcels on three farms on the slopes of the Skurfberg (“rugged mountains”) between Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay in the Olifants River Region. The vineyards are in immaculately farmed properties, which have not been subjected to herbicide or chemical fertilizers.
Most of the soils in the area are of decomposed sandstone, and very sandy. Rainfall is low, so these vines have had to be tough to survive without irrigation.
Together the 3 low-yielding parcels represent the possibilities of the area, each contributing something unique to the complexity of the whole. One site has huge and
aromatic fruit concentration; the second offers an earthy character and minerality, and the third (the highest, and closest to the Atlantic) retains amazing acidity and freshness. The three parcels of fruit were vinified separately. They were basket-pressed and then transferred directly to old casks where natural fermentation took place. They were blended after 12 months, then left them to age another six months before bottling directly from the old casks.
Unfined and unfiltered. Decanting recommended.
WINEMAKER: Eben Sadie
GRAPES: 100% Chenin Blanc (Local synonym: Steen)
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.4 g/l
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2 g/l
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 580 cases x 12/750ml