Leeuwenkuil Heritage Series Chenin Blanc

Leeuwenkuil Heritage Series Chenin Blanc

R 212.00

TASTING NOTES

This complex and classy wine offers aromas of white blossoms and ginger, as well as yellow stone fruit complemented by hints of oak on the nose. Its intense palate is packed with minerality and an abundance of freshness.

DRINKABILITY

Ready to be enjoyed right now, but will age well for another 8-12 years.

FOOD PAIRING

A sophisticated wine for equally sophisticated food. This gastronome’s dream makes an outstanding partner for anything from creamy mushroom risotto and grilled line fish, to a well-aged Angus rib-eye steak.

IN THE VINEYARD

Leeuwenkuil block Q survived 35 seasons under dryland farmed conditions. The 2 800 vines per hectare compete for every drop of valuable moisture in the clay and shale-dominated soil. The fruit is beautiful, tight bunches with berries of high acidity.

IN THE CELLAR

The Heritage wines are made in a pre-modern, natural style, similar to the top end Vouvray Chenins. We joined forces with one of the best from the homeland of Chenin and got Vincent Careme involved to help and guide each vintage into a very fine wine. The process is very simple whole bunch pressing, no sulphur on the juice, natural yeast fermentation and a very limited use of new oak. Aged for 14 months before filling.

THE VINTAGE

2018 was a cool, but very dry growing season followed the driest winter the Cape has seen for more than 100 years. Yields in general were extremely low and picking date decisions dominated the agenda