The Sangoma Chenin Blanc is a Liberty Wines' creation where we are trying...
to make the best wine from grapes native to their country. Our aim with the Chenin Blanc was to produce an excellent example of the variety, not by buying excess wine on the bulk market, but by taking a contract on an old vineyard of gnarled vines. As a result, we have paid a higher price for the grapes but are confident that this shows in the quality of the wine. We eschewed oak, as we had every confidence in the quality of the fruit we were working with, as well as the skill of our winemaker to capture this fruit in the finished wine.
The grapes are grown on 30 hectares of dry land, bush trained vines at 500 metres above sea level. The vineyards are located on a variety of different facing slopes with Koffieklip and sandy loam soils. The vines are an average of 25 years old and yields are eight tonnes per hectare.
2018 weather conditions were very testing for Cape winemakers. The frost in October resulted in crop loss, as well as the severe drought leading to reductions in yield. Harvest started later than normal due to very cool spring and early summer temperatures. However, hot weather in January and February allowed for good growing conditions for the grapes.
The old vines provided a wide range of flavours due to variation in vine vigour and crop load. The must was cool fermented at 10-12ºC with fruit from the young vines fermented with an aromatic yeast. The wine remained in stainless steel tank for two months before being bottled under Stelvin closure to retain its fresh, clean character.
This Chenin Blanc is pale lemon in colour with green hints. Perfumes are of fresh, crisp apples, with a touch of pineapple and freshly cut hay. On the palate, it is fresh and dry, with orchard fruit offset by ripe, tropical flavours. Clean and dry on the finish.
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