This wine is light golden in colour with subtle aromas of apricot and white floral notes which settle into layers of almond, orange peel and herbs. The palate is richly textured with great natural acidity and freshness which is typical of old vine Chenin.
The two vineyards used to make this wine are situated in the Paardeberg region of the Swartland. Both are estimated to be over 40 years old. They are dryland bush vine vineyards and have never been irrigated. These vineyards are very labour intensive to farm and, as a result of the arid conditions, yield little fruit (between one and three tonnes per hectare).
The grapes were whole bunch pressed with no additions. After an overnight rough settling in tank, the juice was transferred to 400 and 500 litre old French oak barrels, followed by fermentation with wild yeasts only. The wine remained in oak for nine months before bottling.
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