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Granietsteen Chenin Blanc

Scions of Sinai, Granietsteen Chenin Blanc 2018

R300

8 in stock

Notes

The ‘scions’ in the brand name are 7th-generation winemaker Bernhard Bredell and some precious old dryland bushvines, formerly part of his family’s holdings in the Helderberg, centred around a hill colloquially known as Sinai. Now based on Klein Helderberg farm in a renovated cellar used by an earlier Bredell generation, Bernhard also works with vines in Voor Paardeberg and Langeberg-Garcia.

Chenin blanc (100%). The aim is to curate the uniqueness of these specific vines and soil type fit to this cultivar. Aiming at a purer expression of the cultivar itself by means of natural vinification methods (no additives or alterations to the juice or wine, except trace amounts of sulphites. No filtration and no fining). Just Chenin from a unique vineyard and unique soiltype giving savouryness and invigorating grippyness to it. Graniet’steen’-Granite’rock’ (‘Steen’ has double meaning, also being a synonym for Chenin blanc in SA).

Tasting notes:
'A saline driven style of Chenin. Med bodied and bone dry with lean natural acidity (uniquely high in acid from its cooler climate location). Focus on expressing Chenin blanc’s complex flavours and fragrance aquired by its site, soiltype and vine age. Some skin soaking before fermentation. Mid gold to bright yellow hue. Nose of yellow fruits, green apple and pineapple. Freshly baked bread, spicy black ginger with a slight wild honey oxidative note, but in a fresh way. Invigoratingly vibrant and savoury, but lean, palate. Some waxyness with keen grippyness. Will age well over the next few years.' – Bernhard Bredell, Winemaker

Viticulture:
Made from a single vineyard site and soiltype in the lower parts of the Helderberg, WO Stellenbosch. These special bushvines are 47+ years old and dryfarmed on decomposed withered granite granular top soils which possesses an in situ underlaying granite rockbed. These vines are planted on contours facing east, on Sinai Hill, with very close proximity to the South Atlantic ocean (the closest SA has). All grapes are handpicked into small handcarried boxes, early in the morning with break of dawn, and transported to the winery by a Pick-up truck and trailer. Exceptionally concentrated and healthy grapes in 2018. Smaller berries than 2017 with almost a sea saltyness in the skins.

Vinification:
100% destemmed and skin soaked before fermentation. 2018 spent a few extra days on the skins than 2017 to fill out a higher acidity edge from this cooler vintage. Gently basketpressed by hand after 6 nights on the skins and let to ferment naturally in old french oak barrels till bone dry. No adjustments were made to its pure state and fermented at ambient cellar temperatures. The fermented wine spends around 10 months on its lees in older (4th fill) French oak barrels and from there gets blended with another gravity settling before handbottled without filtration.

The ‘scions’ in the brand name are 7th-generation winemaker Bernhard Bredell and some precious old dryland bushvines, formerly part of his family’s holdings in the Helderberg, centred around a hill colloquially known as Sinai. Now based on Klein Helderberg farm in a renovated cellar used by an earlier Bredell generation, Bernhard also works with vines in Voor Paardeberg and Langeberg-Garcia.

Chenin blanc (100%). The aim is to curate the uniqueness of these specific vines and soil type fit to this cultivar. Aiming at a purer expression of the cultivar itself by means of natural vinification methods (no additives or alterations to the juice or wine, except trace amounts of sulphites. No filtration and no fining). Just Chenin from a unique vineyard and unique soiltype giving savouryness and invigorating grippyness to it. Graniet’steen’-Granite’rock’ (‘Steen’ has double meaning, also being a synonym for Chenin blanc in SA).

Tasting notes:
'A saline driven style of Chenin. Med bodied and bone dry with lean natural acidity (uniquely high in acid from its cooler climate location). Focus on expressing Chenin blanc’s complex flavours and fragrance aquired by its site, soiltype and vine age. Some skin soaking before fermentation. Mid gold to bright yellow hue. Nose of yellow fruits, green apple and pineapple. Freshly baked bread, spicy black ginger with a slight wild honey oxidative note, but in a fresh way. Invigoratingly vibrant and savoury, but lean, palate. Some waxyness with keen grippyness. Will age well over the next few years.' – Bernhard Bredell, Winemaker

Viticulture:
Made from a single vineyard site and soiltype in the lower parts of the Helderberg, WO Stellenbosch. These special bushvines are 47+ years old and dryfarmed on decomposed withered granite granular top soils which possesses an in situ underlaying granite rockbed. These vines are planted on contours facing east, on Sinai Hill, with very close proximity to the South Atlantic ocean (the closest SA has). All grapes are handpicked into small handcarried boxes, early in the morning with break of dawn, and transported to the winery by a Pick-up truck and trailer. Exceptionally concentrated and healthy grapes in 2018. Smaller berries than 2017 with almost a sea saltyness in the skins.

Vinification:
100% destemmed and skin soaked before fermentation. 2018 spent a few extra days on the skins than 2017 to fill out a higher acidity edge from this cooler vintage. Gently basketpressed by hand after 6 nights on the skins and let to ferment naturally in old french oak barrels till bone dry. No adjustments were made to its pure state and fermented at ambient cellar temperatures. The fermented wine spends around 10 months on its lees in older (4th fill) French oak barrels and from there gets blended with another gravity settling before handbottled without filtration.

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Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

White

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