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This 100% Chenin Blanc is comprised of grapes from two young blocks in Stellenbosch, 70% on Polkadraai Hills and 30% in the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley.
Hereafter Here speaks about a time to come in the place we love. It obviously sounds a bit like year after year, denoting the passage of time. Hopefully it raises feelings of the nostalgia of future generations, of legacy and hope.
“Hereafter Here is a young vineyard wine. The great thing about planting young vines is that you can choose the site and the material purely for the sake of quality wine. Some of our favourite growers have already planted new vines, as will we on our own farm in the coming years. I find the idea of planting for the future very exciting! Our kids will have nice mature vines to work with.”- Chris Alheit
The grapes were picked early in the morning, sorting in the vineyard, and whole bunch pressed. The juice was very lightly settled (we like very cloudy raw juice) with no additions to the raw juice, wild fermentation in took place in old barrels of various sizes. Fermentation lasted for about two months. The wine was kept on lees for around 12 months, then rested in tank on fine lees without fining for a further six months prior to bottling. Very simple, careful winemaking.
This vintage has a beautiful nose of apple and pear, sweet herbs and some delicate citrus. The palate is juicy and fine, with a lovely moreish intensity that makes great Chenin a joy to drink.