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Slow Chenin Blanc

False Bay, Slow Chenin Blanc 2017

R68

18 in stock

Notes

Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames the country’s premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable.

Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof – his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay- Paul Boutinot came to The Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa’s wine industry back then.

Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeasts ferments, no acid additions…you know the drill. A familiar story to many ‘real wine’ lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of.

Today the simple recipe remains the same: Fantastic coastal fruit, naturally balanced grapes and wild yeast ferments abound, with additions avoided.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 False Bay Slow Chenin Blanc has an upfront yellow plum, honeysuckle and broom bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry and slightly waxy in texture. The finish shows wonderful varietal expression, featuring hints of marzipan, crushed almond and fennel. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

'Alc 13.5%. From a 1970 Stellenbosch vineyard and a 1977 Swartland vineyard. The nose shows peach and thatch while the palate has good fruit concnentration, moderate acidity and a savoury finish. Sophisticated and satisfying.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 88/100

Viticulture:
Chenin Blanc is regarded as the workhorse of the South African wine industry. It produces the bulk of our generic white wines. There are however some gems amidst the plethora of Chenin vineyards. Our goal is to identify these gems and allow them to be expressed in our False Bay Chenin Blanc. We focus on areas that are renowned for producing great Chenin Blancs and we believe that the older vines in The Swartland and Wellington region have a lot to offer. Over time, old bush vine vineyards have found their natural balance, which ultimately shows in the wines.

Viniculture:
We picked early in the morning, and then de-stemmed the grapes before pressing. The free run juice was separated from the skins immediately and allowed to settle at 12°C for 24 hours. No enzymes were added to aid the settling and the press juice was discarded. No cultured yeasts were used and the natural yeast fermentation took 7 months to complete. The wine was then left on the secondary lees for another two months before bottling.

Winemakers notes:
'A Chenin Blanc that shows real character, whilst still being soft and elegant. The nose is welcoming with prominent floral, white peach and lingering stone fruit aromas. The taste is round and smooth, finishing with slight acids that give the wine a beautiful structure and length'. – Wine Maker

Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames the country’s premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable.

Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof – his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay- Paul Boutinot came to The Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa’s wine industry back then.

Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeasts ferments, no acid additions…you know the drill. A familiar story to many ‘real wine’ lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of.

Today the simple recipe remains the same: Fantastic coastal fruit, naturally balanced grapes and wild yeast ferments abound, with additions avoided.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 False Bay Slow Chenin Blanc has an upfront yellow plum, honeysuckle and broom bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry and slightly waxy in texture. The finish shows wonderful varietal expression, featuring hints of marzipan, crushed almond and fennel. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

'Alc 13.5%. From a 1970 Stellenbosch vineyard and a 1977 Swartland vineyard. The nose shows peach and thatch while the palate has good fruit concnentration, moderate acidity and a savoury finish. Sophisticated and satisfying.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 88/100

Viticulture:
Chenin Blanc is regarded as the workhorse of the South African wine industry. It produces the bulk of our generic white wines. There are however some gems amidst the plethora of Chenin vineyards. Our goal is to identify these gems and allow them to be expressed in our False Bay Chenin Blanc. We focus on areas that are renowned for producing great Chenin Blancs and we believe that the older vines in The Swartland and Wellington region have a lot to offer. Over time, old bush vine vineyards have found their natural balance, which ultimately shows in the wines.

Viniculture:
We picked early in the morning, and then de-stemmed the grapes before pressing. The free run juice was separated from the skins immediately and allowed to settle at 12°C for 24 hours. No enzymes were added to aid the settling and the press juice was discarded. No cultured yeasts were used and the natural yeast fermentation took 7 months to complete. The wine was then left on the secondary lees for another two months before bottling.

Winemakers notes:
'A Chenin Blanc that shows real character, whilst still being soft and elegant. The nose is welcoming with prominent floral, white peach and lingering stone fruit aromas. The taste is round and smooth, finishing with slight acids that give the wine a beautiful structure and length'. – Wine Maker

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NM 91

Country

ZA

Region

Cape Coastal

Style

White

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