Oldenburg Vineyards, Chenin Blanc 2022
Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.
Oldenburg aims to best reflect their remarkable terroir through the Oldenburg Vineyards (OV) range of wines – a range of single cultivar wines. There is minimal intervention in the vineyards and the wines are made in an uncompromising manner.
Grapes were sourced from cooler climate vineyards with an average age of 40 years. Wholebunch pressed on a gentle Champagne cycle in order to best preserve the beautiful fruit. Fermentation, using wild yeast, took place over 2 to 3 months in mostly Austrian oak Foudre (with 30% older French oak) before partial malolactic fermentation.
An incredibly complex, full-bodied, Chenin Blanc with aromas spanning from citrus pith and orange peel to ginger and jasmine. Austere acidity keeps the wine fresh on the palate and keeps you wanting more. Absolutely delicious now, but should cellar and age comfortably for the next 8-10 years.
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Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Harvest: 18 – 21 February 2022 at 21.9 – 23.4 Balling
Technical Data: Alc: 13.59%, RS: 2.5g/l, TA: 4.9g/l, pH: 3.57
Maturation: 11 months in 70% Austrian oak Foudre, 30% in Old French oak barrels
At Oldenburg Vineyards, we believe that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal, to reflect the full potential of our mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir through our range of single cultivar wines. The confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine our unique terroir is explored through these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an uncompromising manner, intending to showcase the finest characteristics of each cultivar.
Grapes were picked by hand from cooler climate vineyards with an average age of 40 years. Bunches were sorted by hand and whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press on a gentle Champagne cycle. The juice was settled overnight and then racked to Austrian oak Foudre and older fill 300L French oak barrels for spontaneous fermentation. The wild yeast fermentation took 2 to 3 months to complete. Partial Malolactic conversion was done on some of the batches. The wine was matured for 11 months. It was gently fined and filtered before bottling.
This vintage of Chenin Blanc displays a stunning array of aromas and flavours! The nose showcases a gentle citrus pith, with hints of beeswax and honey. Burnt orange peel and vibrant notes of nartjie and ginger add to floral hues of jasmine and chamomile. An austere acidity provides the backbone to a rounder body with more grip and a full-bodied mid-palate. A wine that promises to reward those who choose to let it develop in the bottle for a further 8–12 years.
Stellenbosch, in general, played host to a perfect winter, with steady cold units being accumulated through to the end of August with even rainfall throughout the winter. The good winter cold led to a particularly even budbreak. Spring was cool and dry, which favoured the flowering and fruit set for the vintage. Good summer rainfall meant the vigour needed to be kept in check. Despite a relatively hot and dry ripening period, temperatures were kept moderated due to our higher altitude and ultimately led to an exceptionally good harvest with great sugar accumulation.
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