Cederberg, Chenin Blanc 2021
The grapes for this Chenin Blanc are sourced from wild, high-altitude vineyards climbing to over 1000m above sea level, which aid in slowing down the ripening of the fruit.
Showing crisp minerality and purity of fruit, the wine expresses juicy flavours of white pear, grapefruit and green apple.
While unoaked to preserve the purity of fruit, David has added a degree of complexity to the wine through battonage (or stirring) of the lees.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
This Chenin blanc shows true purity of fruit such as white pear, grapefruit and green apple leading to a refreshingly crisp mineral palate.
Optimum Drinking Time: 1 – 3 years after release
David Nieuwoudt, the current winemaker, is a fifth generation Nieuwoudt on the Cederberg Private Cellars property – his family moved there in 1893. After David’s grandfather, Oom Pollie, made wine from excess table grapes he was convinced to plant wine vines and produced his first vintage in 1977.
Grapes are hand harvested early morning at 20-23.5 balling.
Winemaking processing is done in reductive conditions with the use of dry ice and carbon dioxide gas. Grapes crushed at 8°C with approximately 5 – 8 hours skin contact before a light pressing. Two days of juice settling followed by racking and addition of selected yeast. Fermentation is at 11°C for approximately 24 days.
Finally, the wine is further maturated on fine lees for additional 4 months with a monthly battônage of tank before the final blending and bottling.
Well suited to creamy dishes. It does especially well with creamy tomato soup and light curry sauces or citrus dominated salads and dishes. Greek salad works well.
Cheese: Goats cheese or well matured asiago. Also good with feta and mozzarella.