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Chenin Blanc/ Verdelho Blend
To me, Chenin Blanc without Verdelho is like dancing without music. Verdelho adds the zing and zest to this blend, giving it that extra twist of freshness, energy, and rhythm. The Chenin blanc grapes come from 41-year old, dry land farmed bush vines in the Paardeberg. Swartland. The Verdelho grapes come from Voor-Paardeberg, grown in decomposed granite and clay as well as a vineyard in Bot River grown in Bokkeveld shale. The decomposed granite soils produce a rich, generous, and broader palate, while the shale and clay soil from Bot River produces an austere, focused, and texture-driven wine. A combination of these two regions, together with the Verdelho that adds the freshness, combine to create a well-balanced wine, both rich and generous and elegant and well-poised, with a mineral focus and bright acidity.
A full and textured vintage showing fresh lime leaf and yellow kumquat aromas and a palate that sets tropical notes like banana and tinned pineapple against a mouth-watering saline acidity that recalls preserved lemons. A moreish Granny Smith apple skin grip to the finish given length by a coating, beeswaxy mouthfeel.