Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2020
Winemaker David Nieuwoudt
It's a little known fact, but a fact all the same, that South African Chenin Blanc wines are among the world's finest.
With a cool continental climate, diverse soil types, unpolluted air and free flowing crystal clear waters. According to SAWIS it is still the most planted vineyard in South Africa at approximately 17000 hectare.
Grapes are hand harvested early morning at 20-23.5 balling. Winemaking processing is done in reductive conditions with the use of dry ice and carbon dioxide gas. Grapes crushed at 8°C with approximately 5 - 8 hours skin contact before a light pressing. Two days of juice settling followed by racking and addition of selected yeast. Fermentation is at 11°C for approximately 24 days. Finally, the wine is further maturated on fine lees for additional 4 months with a monthly battônage of tank before the final blending and bottling.
This Cederberg Chenin blanc shows true purity of fruit such as white pear, grapefruit and green apple leading to a refreshingly crisp mineral palate.
This wine will be well suited to creamy dishes. It does especially well with creamy soups and light curry sauces or citrus dominated salads and dishes. Greek salad works well.
Cheese: Goats cheese, Romano and Parmesan work well. Also try feta and mozzarella.
Optimum Drinking Time: 1 – 3 years after release
SAWi Awards '17 - Top Ranking Chenin Blanc: 28th Position
Platter's SA Wine Guide '20: 4 stars – 2019 vintage Veritas '19: Silver – 2019 vintage
Tim Atkin '19 Report – 2018 vintage
Platter's SA Wine Guide '19: 4 Stars – 2018 vintage Veritas '18: Silver – 2018 vintage
Tim Atkin '18: 90 points – 2018 vintage
Platter's Wine Guide '18: 4 stars – 2017 vintage Tim Atkin '17: 90 points – 2017 vintage
Gold Wine Awards: Gold – 2017 vintage
Stephen Tanzer - USA '17: 89 points – 2016 vintage
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