- The only Chenin Blanc bottle-aged blend available in the US directly from the cellar door.
- Made in limited quantities. Premium old vines. Barrel fermented and matured.
- Sustainability & Integrity Certified.
- Award winning wine now coming into its prime.
A limited and exceptional offering: This is Safriel House's first library wine. To the best of our knowledge, this award winning wine is the only bottle aged Chenin Blanc blend that is available directly from the cellar door in the US from any producer.
The 2015 Vintage was an exceptional vintage in the Cape, with great concentration and natural acidity in the wines. Four grape varieties (Chenin Blanc 30%, Grenache Blanc 30%, Roussanne 25%, Verdelho 15%) hailing from three regions were blended together to create a medium bodied wine with aromatics ranging from white pear to peach which opens up to subtle lemony citrus flavors and long finish.
The Terrior (The environmental conditions in which grapes are grown and that give the wine its unique flavor and aroma):
The Chenin Blanc was grown as a bush vine in the Swartland appellation contributing beautiful yellow fruit aromatics and texture to the blend. No artificial irrigation was used to concentrate the flavors. The Grenache Blanc is from an ungrafted, bush vine vineyard in the Piekenierskloof Mountains, at an altitude of 2300ft above sea level with mainly weathered sandstone soils. The Grenache Blanc brings focus and elegance to the blend. Both the Verdelho and the Roussanne are from the Voor-Paardeberg ward (a sub-region of the Paarl appellation) and are planted in decomposed granite soil. The Voor-Paardeberg vineyards impart great fruit concentration and body to the wine, with Roussanne adding richness and savory notes and Verdelho bright acidity and intense pineapple and lime fruit.
The wines were fermented in a combination of French oak barrels, Foudres and concrete egg shaped fermenters and subsequently aged for 12 months on the gross lees in combination of oak and concrete vessels.
Technical details: ALC - 14% Vol; PH - 3.37; RS – 1.9 g/l; TA - 5.5 g/l.
The wine is elegant and complex with initial aromatics ranging from white pear to peach, that opens up to subtle lemony citrus flavors. The wine has medium body with spicy texture from integrated oak on the palate and rewards with a generous mouth feel and long finish. This wine will reward cellaring for 5 to 10 years.
The delicate flavors and textural palate of the wine lends itself to clean flavors, fresh salads and summer foods. Ideal combination with seafood and poultry.
95 points - Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report
93 points - John Platter Wine Guide