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  • 2021 Chenin Blanc ‘Steen op Hout’, MulderboschWhite Wine

    2021 Chenin Blanc ‘Steen op Hout’, Mulderbosch

    £1250

    Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety.

    This 2021 Chenin Blanc ‘Steen op Hout’ is a vibrant and fresh expression of Chenin Blanc. Aromas of fresh pear, apricot and subtle oak spice lead to a firm texture with a beautiful crisp line penetrating the length of the palate supporting flavours of ripe Granny Smith apples and cinnamon spice.

    The fruit for the ‘Steen op Hout’ blend is sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch, mostly on soils derived from decomposed granite, and with high gravelly clay content.  There are two Chenin Blanc vineyards at Mulderbosch: one a trellised vineyard and the other a dryland farmed bush vine block and they vary in age from five years old to 35 years old. Significantly, they are all within a range two to eight miles from the Atlantic Ocean at False Bay, and as such are strongly influenced by a maritime climate, which plays a crucial role in the ultimate wine’s freshness and poise.

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  • 2020 Chenin Blanc, Ernst Gouws & CoWhite Wine

    2020 Chenin Blanc, Ernst Gouws & Co

    £1250

    Ernst Gouws, the jovial patriarch of the Gouws family and winemaker extraordinaire, firmly believes in the French philosophy that the quality of the wine is inextricably linked to the origin of the vineyards and its terroir. Grapes are therefore hand-harvested from site-specific vineyards around the town of Stellenbosch, which is world-famous for producing quality, fruit-driven wines.

    This 2020 Chenin Blanc is a fabulous everyday wine.  Whiffs of paw-paw, granadilla, yellow- and green apples, and peaches dominate the aromatic spectrum. The crunchy acidity and slight textural mouthfeel combine with the vibrant tropical fruit characters to result in a fresh, more-ish, typical Stellenbosch style of Chenin Blanc. Lingering flavours of cling peach and pineapple on the finish.

    Light and tasty, this is an ideal refreshing wine for those long al fresco lunches during the warm summer months! A perfect accompaniment to a wide array of vegetable dishes, salads and fresh seafood.

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  • 2021 Protea Chenin Blanc, Anthonij Rupert WyneWhite Wine

    2021 Protea Chenin Blanc, Anthonij Rupert Wyne

    £1500

    This Chenin Blanc has aromas of fresh apricot and nectarine that mingle with ripe quince notes. Juicy and bright, the palate offers up succulent nectarine, melon and vibrant lemon. Approachable, light and succulent, there is great harmony between the fruit and acidity. The appeal continues with satisfying length and gentle pear drop nuance on the finish.

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  • 2020 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, OlifantsbergWhite Wine

    2020 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Olifantsberg

    £1595

    This is a refined Chenin Blanc showing aromas of crisp green apples, white pear and delicate pineapple layered with subtle oak nuances. Rich and full, with a good depth of fruit and a refreshing feel to balance the rich and creamy palate.

    The grapes were grown in unique sites from older vines that have an average age of 37 years.  The grapes were hand-harvested and cooled overnight. Bunch sorting took place to ensure only the best grapes were vinified. Fermentation took place in a combination of vessels: 2,000-litre French oak foudres, seasoned barrels and stainless steel tanks. Each vessel resulted in a different expression of Chenin Blanc, imparting a layered dimension to the wine. The wine was aged for nine months on the lees in French oak, which contributed to the complexity and texture of the wine.

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  • 2020 Abbotsdale Chenin Blanc, Bryan MacRobertWhite Wine

    2020 Abbotsdale Chenin Blanc, Bryan MacRobert

    £1595

    From very old bush vines, the Abbotsdale Chenin glimmers green golden and delivers a whole lotta bang for your buck. Exceptional concentration, fresh and baked apple, icing sugar-dusted patisserie goodies and just-ripe pears. An immensely tangy, broad and satisfying finish.

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  • 2017 Blanc, OlifantsbergWhite Wine

    2017 Blanc, Olifantsberg

    £1650

    The vision was to produce a great white Rhône style blend from the Breedekloof region.    This beautifully layered wine with opulent fruit flavours of white peach, ripe apricot and delicate citrus notes complemented by hints of floral and dried green herbs. The palate is rich, textured and elegant.

    The vineyard is located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range at altitudes from 250 metres to 450 metres above sea level. It endures harsh conditions, with wide diurnal temperature swings and strong winds. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow-covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Cold winters, coupled with the summer winds, ensures the slow ripening of the grapes and helps to maintain healthy vines, contributing freshness and elegance to the wines. The vineyards are farmed using sustainable practices, helping to maintain the biodiversity within the vineyard and soils. The Roussanne and Grenache Blanc are young plantings on the estate and are grown on shale soils, the Chenin Blanc is grown on sandstone/shale soils, which lends freshness to the wine. The training is ‘sur eschalas’ in order to maximise the number of vines per hectare and to protect them from strong winds.

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  • 2020 Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve, Delaire GraffWhite Wine

    2020 Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve, Delaire Graff

    £1750

    The Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve is made from 100% estate-grown Chenin Blanc grapes. Barrel fermented and matured in oak for 10 months this wine is a light golden wheat colour. Layered expressions of citrus and tropical fruit with subtle layers of honey and almonds in the background. Balanced and superbly structured, the flavours are complemented by a delicate minerality.

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  • 2018 Atomes Crochus, Chateau La TomazeSweet wine, White Wine

    2018 Atomes Crochus, Chateau La Tomaze

    £1750

    A classic sweet Loire Chenin Blanc with delicate but complex aromas of melon, fig and lemon, imbued with beautiful elegance. The palate is fresh and continues with a  long finish with a pleasant and discreet sweetness.

    A beautiful cuvée full of finesse and lightness.

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  • 2020 ‘The Lark’ Chenin Blanc, OlifantsbergWhite Wine

    2020 ‘The Lark’ Chenin Blanc, Olifantsberg

    £1895

    The ‘Lark’ from Olifantsberg is a top tier, Chenin Blanc and one for those obsessive seekers of the Chenin grape!  It has a clean-cut freshness and an exceptional balance of fresh stone fruit and bright citrus notes on a fleshy textured palate. Elegant and refined with a long expressive finish.

    The grapes for this exceptional wine come from a 0.6-hectare vineyard located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range where they endure large diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250 to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow-covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Strong, constant winds characterise this block; they have a cooling effect and encourage a slow, gradual ripening of the grapes, helping to maintain healthy vines and contribute freshness and elegance to the wines. The soil in the vineyard is made up of sandstone with clay-shale and quartz. The vineyard is farmed in a sustainable manner, with only ‘green’ products used to prevent disease, thus helping to maintain the biodiversity within the vineyards and soils.

    The lark is found in many biomes in South Africa, each with distinct call and features depending on the biome. This wine is named after the Red Capped Lark which is found on the Olifantsberg farm. The lark resonates with this block of Chenin Blanc, as it too has its own expression and story to tell.

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  • 2018 Queen Manthatisi ‘1900’, Spioenkop WinesWhite Wine

    2018 Queen Manthatisi ‘1900’, Spioenkop Wines

    £1895

    This wine is named after the legendary Queen Manthatisi of the Batlokwa tribe, a formidable military leader in the 1820s.  Made from grapes in the Elgin Valley it is gorgeous blend of barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc (70%) with dollop of Riesling and Chenin Blanc.

    Precise and fresh, with notes of ripe peach, citrus and grapefruit layered with nuances of almond, wet stone and a touch of anise. Harmoniously balanced, the tropical fruit is accented by a lovely earthy savouriness, through to a crisp, fresh finish.

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  • 2019 Olivia Grace, Van Wyk Family WinesWhite Wine

    2019 Olivia Grace, Van Wyk Family Wines

    £1995

    A fragrant and wonderfully textured Cape White blend, made up of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Riesling and Viognier. Stone fruit and floral aromatics, combined with good texture and freshness, this white blend was matured for 8 months in a combination of old French oak barrels and clay amphorae.

    Honest and elegantly crafted wines by Constantia Glen Winemaker, Justin van Wyk. Made with the utmost care and attention from specially selected vineyards planted across the greater Western Cape.

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  • 2020 `Rocking Horse` Cape White Blend, Thorne & DaughtersWhite Wine

    2020 `Rocking Horse` Cape White Blend, Thorne & Daughters

    £2395

    This wine is Thorne & Daughters principal and most well-known wine and for good reason, as it’s delicious!  2020 is the first vintage in which Semillon has dominated the blend. On the nose, it reveals aromas of hay, yellow plum, kumquat, and bay leaf, with saline undertones. The palate is broad and supple with notes of glossy stone fruit and subtle gunflint, finishing with a clean line of acidity

    The grapes for the Rocking Horse were sourced from a number of very carefully selected growers around the Western Cape. The Roussanne and the Chardonnay come from younger trellised vines, with an average age of 14 years planted in Stellenbosch and Paardeberg mountain on a combination of clay and decomposed granite. Semillon Blanc from Franschhoek, Clairette Blanche from Stellenbosch and Chenin Blanc from Paardeberg add depth and textural complexity to this Cape white blend as they are sourced from old, low-yielding bush vines estimated to be approximately 40 years old.

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  • 2016 Chenin/Verdelho, MomentoWhite Wine

    2016 Chenin/Verdelho, Momento

    £2450
    Marelise Niemann, winemaker and owner of Momento thinks that Chenin Blanc without Verdelho is like dancing without music.
    Verdelho adds the zing and zest to the blend, giving it that extra twist of freshness, energy and rhythm. The Chenin blanc grapes come from 40-year-old, dry land farmed bush vines in the Swartland, and a 36-year-old vineyard from Bot River, called ‘Langbene’ (Long legs) – named after the unique and extremely long trunks of the vines.  The Verdelho grapes come from Voor-Paardeberg, grown in decomposed granite and clay as well as a vineyard in Bot River grown in Bokkeveld shale. The decomposed granite soils produce a rich, generous and broader palate, while the shale and clay soil from Bot River produces an austere, focused, and texture driven wine. A combination of these two regions, together with the Verdelho that adds the freshness, combine to create a well-balanced wine, both rich and generous and elegant and well-poised, with a mineral focus and bright acidity.

     

    A nose of white peach, lemon rind and jasmine with green melon, green apple and a crystalline, wet stone minerality adding freshness and focus. Crunchy, puckering acidity supports a full-bodied, mouth-coating palate with brioche and tart lemon curd leading to a long, pithy finish.

     

     

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  • 2019 Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard Block W2, MulderboschWhite Wine

    2019 Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard Block W2, Mulderbosch

    £2695

    The 2019 Block W Chenin Blanc is mineral in profile, tightly wound in its youth, slowly maturing overtime to release delicate floral nuances, trimmed with a finely poised line of acidity. Textured with delicate spice from subtle oak ageing, this is a superlative example of Chenin Blanc with a saline finish.

    The grapes come from the Single Vineyard Block W, which is located in the Rustenhof area of Stellenbosch. The soil is Cambrian Cape granite, a duplex soil with a marked textural contrast between the coarse sandy topsoil and the clay enriched subsoil. The clay subsoil, offers good water retention properties, which help to nourish the vines during the hot summers. The vineyard is situated just over 2.5 miles from the sea and vines are grown at an elevation of 65 to 70 metres. The sea breezes have a cooling influence on the vines, imbuing the grapes with a natural acidity that beautifully balances the ripe, concentrated flavours the grapes reach in this warm, sunny climate.

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  • 2020 Chenin Blanc, Lismore Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2020 Chenin Blanc, Lismore

    £2900

    Lismore Estate is based in Greyton within the Overberg region of the Western Cape of South Africa.  It’s here with the Sonderend mountains as a backdrop that winemaker & proprietor Samantha O’Keefe makes her fabulous wines.

    This is Samantha’s first Chenin Blanc release and with only 2000 bottles produced it is a very rare beast!  We have 12 bottles arriving in May 22 and that’s it!

    Greg Sherwood MW had his to say about in January – ” Made from grapes grown in Stanford with a small portion of skin contact, this maiden Chenin Blanc from Samantha O’Keefe is deliciously focused, pure and precise with a pronounced stony minerality of crushed gravel over lemon and tangerine peel, tart pear, white peach and flinty nuances suggesting a hint of reduction. Counter-intuitively, the palate is explosive and intense, bristling with green apple pastille, crunchy pear, liquid minerality infused with fresh fennel, dried herbs and hints of fynbos. But ultimately, this wine is defined by its uniquely taut, glassy acids that are cool, linear, crystalline and electrically fresh. A lovely lean, cool-climate expression of Chenin Blanc fruit! Drink from 2022 to 2034+

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