Donnkiesbaai Hooiwijn 2020 - Dessert Chenin Blanc
Far up the west coast, north of Lambert’s Bay but south of Doringbaai, lies an open bay of white sand strewn with black mussels and kelp, with the icy waters of the Atlantic beating the shore. This is Donkiesbaai ("Donkeys Bay", in the Queen's English), where the Engelbrecht family have holidayed for four generations. This unassuming spot lends its name to this off-piste range of wines from the further-flung corners of South Africa’s winelands. The wine was made with the cuisine of the west coast in mind. Crayfish, mullet and a cold glass of wine is part of the history that is Donkiesbaai.
The vines are 38 & 20-year-old unirrigated bush vines which are planted in deep sandy soils. At an altitude of 520m above sea level, the vineyards experience a warm climate with cooling evening winds.
100% Chenin blanc grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness and left on straw mats for 3 weeks to naturally dry. This allows sugars and acids to concentrate, and flavour compounds to fully develop. Grapes are de-stemmed and gently pressed before being transferred into a barrel for fermentation. The fermentation process is stopped by filtration when the wine reaches an alcohol level of approximately 10%. Hooiwijn is matured in seasoned 225l & 300l French oak barrels for 6 months before being bottled. Only 3,685 bottles were made.
Glowing gold in colour, showing aromas of marmalade, apricot, orange blossom and subtle mineral notes of terracotta pots. Delicate yet complex on the palate, with candied orange peel, dry rooibos tea and crème caramel, complimented with a lifting acidity. Elegant with velvety sweetness that balances the fresh acidity.
Mild and soft cheese, lean Fish, Spicy Food and Shellfish.
2020 - Not Yet Rated
2019 - Platters 4.5 Stars
2018 - Tim Atkins 93 Points, Platters 4.5 Stars
2017 - Tim Atkins 95 Points, Platters 5 Stars
2016 - Tim Atkins 95 Points, Platters 5 Stars, Wine Spectator 91 Points