On Reflection Chenin Blanc
Region: W.O. Coastal Region
Pack Size: 6 x 75cl
Closure Type: Screwcap
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc 90%, Semillon 10%
Seafood tartare such as tuna tartare or salmon and avocado tartare, or try with light seafood pasta dishes and risottos
A wine to reflect the role of Chenin Blanc in South Africa - our flagship and most abundant grape variety planted in some of our oldest wine regions. Chenin’s versatility of style thrives in the Cape and is a natural blackboard for the region’s terroir. The name ‘On Reflection’ is intended to capture this particular, classic style as a portrait of the cultivar in the Coastal Region. Spoilt for choice having blended and tasted numerous possibilities for this wine, it was also upon reflection we realised our preferred style was that of a Paarl Chenin Blanc blended with a small portion of Semillon from ancient Franschhoek vines. We were looking for a little flesh and masses of texture, finesse and generosity hand-in-hand. It is intended to be a wine to savour, upon which to reflect on why Chenin Blanc has meant so much to style and reputation in the Cape.
A timeless style of Coastal Chenin intended to reflect why this cultivar works so well in South Africa. Bright affirmative Chenin Blanc from Paarl’s older bush vines is lifted further by 10% Semillon from ancient vines in Franschhoek. These combine for a rich, punchy, textural attack which mellows to a wealth of stone fruits, citrus and a touch of lime leaf from the Semillon on the finish. Tangy, rich and super positive.
The winemakers' notes:
“The Chenin Blanc is hand-harvested from vines planted in the Paardeberg area of Paarl in the 1970s. These dry-grown, unirrigated old bush-vines are grown on two blocks - one is on shale soil and the other on deep sandy soils over loam and decomposed granite. These conditions enable the roots to source the water table provided by the Paarl mountain’s catchment of the moisture-laden ‘tablecloth’ clouds of the Cape.
15% of the Chenin is naturally fermented in 600 litre French oak barrels whilst the rest is fermented in steel tanks to capture the fresh and pure characters of this wine. Both are kept on their fine lees for approx nine months before the two components are blended and kept in tank for another two months to “marry” before bottling. A high quality Chenin Blanc in its own right, we decided to give it some zest by adding a defibrillating slap of ancient vine limey Semillon (10%) from Franschhoek to the final blend – the secret spine to this mineral thing! This contemporary blend of traditional SA cultivars from two different wine growing areas, also classifies the wine as W.O. Coastal Region.”