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1900 Chenin Blanc 2011

Grapes Chenin Blanc
Aspect South (S)
Altitude 20 m 
Distance from the sea 12 km
Soil type Table Mountain Sandstone & decomposed granite
Age of the vines 30+ years
Trellising Bush vines
Bottling 15th of February 2012
Harvest date Between the 27th of January and the 3rd of February 2011

Winemaking record: Hand-picked grapes in small 18kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and then destemmed and lightly crushed. 20 hours of skin-contact in a red fermentor and immediately pressed in our stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). 30% of the harvest went to old barrels for 12 months – no racking. After 1 day of settlement, the juice fermented at 15°C during the whole month of February. Natural fermentation !!!!!

Bottling 15th of February 2012
Wine analysis alcohol 12,96 %
total acid 5,92 g/l
PH 3,33
residual sugar 4,9 g/l
Cellaring potential Should improve in the next 5 years (2017)

Winemakers comments: Chenin is a noble grape and can give you the most versatile wines. We have chosen for an elegant style of Chenin, that can be the ultimate “food wine” as well as a great “sipping wine”. Nice lightly tropical, sophisticated flavours of pineapple, peach, extract of almond. This wine has a good balance between the lemon acidity and the slightly wooded flavours. A nice minerality and a subtle spiciness, makes this wine enjoyable for the next 8 years.

Recommended food pairing - Pairs well with a variety of different dishes, but excellent with oysters, game fish.
Also nice with Duck à l’Orange and asparagus dishes.




Over 100 years ago, on the evening of Tuesday 23 January 1900, 1 700 British troops deployed to South Africa prepared to attack their enemies on a hill in Natal known as Spionkop – the name ‘Spioenkop’, meaning ‘Spy Hill’ or 'Lookout Hill', was coined by the Dutch settlers for the commanding views it afforded of the slopes and valley below. During the days that followed, a bloody battle ensued... Read more

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