Oldenburg Vineyards, CL White 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.
The CL range is the Lifestyle offering in the Oldenburg range. It draws its name from being cooler than Stellenbosch; playfully using a mathematical equation, the Stellenbosch number plate prefix (CL) and degrees celsius. The range consists of a red and a white, both are blends.
The CL White is an unorthodox blend of 78% Chardonnay and 22% Chenin Blanc that proves experimentation can well and truly pay off when it comes to winemaking. In search of structure, the Chenin Blanc (and a small portion of the Chardonnay) is fermented in concrete eggs and the balance of the Chardonnay is fermented in older oak barrels.
This wine perfectly combines a medley of citrus fruit, fresh flowers (from elderflower and orange blossom to jasmine), lemon curd, minerality and the vaguest hint of vanilla.
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Composition: 78% Chardonnay, 22% Chenin Blanc
Harvest: 18 February – 25 February 2022
Technical Data: Alc: 13.7%, RS: 2.5g/l, TA: 6.2g/l, pH: 3.49
CL is the Lifestyle range in the Oldenburg Vineyards stable. For us, the CL range represents a key part of the Oldenburg Vineyards story: that we are cooler than Stellenbosch (in terms of climate).
There are 8 Natural Elements that make our corner of the Banghoek Valley a special place to make wine, and three of these elements (the mountain ranges, the elevation and the winds) influence the coolness of our valley.
This cooler climate elevates the quality of our grapes and wine significantly, through slower and more even ripening. Cooler climate, cooler wines.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
The Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc in this extraordinary blend is sourced from exclusively cooler climate vineyards that complement the name of the wine. 37% of the wine was matured in concrete eggs, and 67% was matured in older French oak barrels, ranging in sizes from 228L to 300L.
This captivating wine captures attention and makes a confident statement, presenting itself as a gentle lemon hue in the glass. A divine citrus character persists on the nose, revealing an exquisite array of fragrances including invigorating lemon zest, delicate elderflowers, and enticing orange blossom. A subtle interplay of honey, luscious lemon curd, and a refreshing, mineral essence complements the aromatic profile. On the palate, the fruit flavours shine, supported by a lively acidity that leaves the mouth pleasantly invigorated. Notes of white lilies, star jasmine, and a gentle touch of grapefruit pithiness, derived from a small portion of old vines, contribute to an enchanting tasting experience. The journey culminates with a nuanced vanilla finish that adds a delightful touch to the overall encounter.
The 2021 post-harvest period had cool and dry weather conditions, disease-free canopies, and an extended hang time for grapes. Adequate irrigation water allowed for reserve build-up. Banghoek experienced a favourable winter with steady cold accumulation and even rainfall, while spring was cool and dry. The growing season was wetter and cooler, slowing down ripening. Summer rainfall resulted in lush canopies, needing vigorous canopy management. Overall, the season maintained a slower pace despite a hot and dry ripening period.
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