COSTA DEL SWART CHENIN BLANC

2019 Vintage: Release Date May/June 2020

Total Production: 293 bottles – Single Barrel Series – 12% vol.

Wine of Origin: Paardeberg, Swartland

Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Christa von la Chevallerie of Huis van Chevallerie

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2017 Vintage: SOLD OUT

Total Production: 284 bottles – Single Barrel Series – 12% vol.

Wine of Origin: Paardeberg, Swartland

Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Christa von la Chevallerie of Huis van Chevallerie

Tasting Notes: Crunchy, zingy green apple sherbet, with an intense mineral core, and orchard-blossom perfume. That salty-sweet, umami characteristic is truly unique, and expresses Chenin Blanc in a totally different way. This is very much a wine-geek kind of wine, but incredibly accessible with a dozen oysters…

Winemaking Notes: This started off as a barrel of base wine for Methode Champenoise which wasn’t up to the Huis van Chevallerie standard, but perfect for a thief. We kept this in barrel for 9 more months, and then came back to it – the wine had rounded off, gaining depth and complexity from the French Oak, but still needed a little something… The neighbours had some Roussanne and some Grenache Blanc, also from the Paardeberg going spare, and these became a small but significant component in the wine’s balance and complexity.

Accolades: Tim Atkin SA Report: 93pts. Platters’ Wine Guide (Tim James): 4.5 Stars