Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2019
About the Wine
Planted in 1971, Riverside Chenin Blanc is the oldest vineyard on the farm. Soils on the banks of the upper Blaauwklippen River, in which the vines are planted, vary from sandy alluvial plains with river stone to red clay loam as one moves away from the river. This patchy old vineyard, at an elevation of 250m, delivers very low yields of incredible quality fruit year in and year out. Like the old vines from which it is made, this wine has great complexity and character with quiet intensity.
All grapes used in producing this wine are sourced from the Riverside vineyard on Keermont. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. Fermentation is carried out by yeast which occurs naturally on the grape skins. This wine was fermented and then spent a further 11 months maturing on the lees in seasoned French oak barrels (225L and 500L). Bottling was carried out by hand and only 2929 bottles and 53 magnums were produced.
Riverside Chenin Blanc 2019 has a light, gold colour with a green hue. It has a bouquet of citrus blossom and apricot, with hints of cut grass, oyster shell and vanilla. The entry on the palate is soft and light at first, but then opens up with pure fruit flavours of ripe peach and apple and a touch of marzipan and vanilla. Lovely zippy acidity allows for a long, clean, textured finish with a lingering aftertaste of rich fruit and butterscotch. Drink 2022-2032.
|Wine of Origin:
|Stellenbosch, South Africa
Chenin Blanc 100%