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Donkiesbaai

Five different components - featuring stainless steel, oak, concrete eggs and amphoras - are used to make this focused, appealingly packaged Steen.

Tim Atkin MW

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From the holiday home of the Engelbrecht family where crayfish and a cold glass of Steen (Chenin Blanc) is part of the history that is Donkiesbaai.

A subtle note of frangipani provides a top note to intense fruit aromas of citrus with lots of white peach, nectarine and white pineapple. The intensity of fruit follows through on the palate, uplifted by a racy acidity. Flavours of lemon and lime are more prominent, with cape gooseberry, pineapple, peach and a creamy texture of lemon curd providing body. Fresh, layered and balanced with a dry yet textured mouthfeel and a zesty citrus finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.17

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

6 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Piekenierskloof

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Piekenierskloof has a warm climate but enjoys light winds from the southwest which results in cool evenings. The vineyards grow at high altitude, 520 metres.

Vinification details

Donkiesbaai Steen is made of 5 components. 15% is fermented in stainless steel tanks and transferred to seasoned barrels for 6 months’ maturation. 50% is fermented in French oak barrels then racked off the gross lees and matured in a combination of new and seasoned barrels. 20% is fermented spontaneously and matured in concrete eggs on the lees for added complexity and mouthfeel. 10% is fermented spontaneously in clay amphoras to retain the freshness and natural acidity of the Steen. 5% of the wine was stored in the tank and blended in prior to bottling, adding purity of fruit.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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From the holiday home of the Engelbrecht family where crayfish and a cold glass of Steen (Chenin Blanc) is part of the history that is Donkiesbaai.

This Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc exhibits a parade of white peach, wax and dried herbs/fynbos aromas. Richly flavoured, the palate is of crunchy apple, yellow fruit and lemon cream underscored by a cracking line of acidity and a persistent saline finish, a hallmark of this high-altitude vineyard.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.33

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

6 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Piekenierskloof

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2018 vintage was extremely dry, however with improved farming and vineyard management yielded great quality and volumes to produce a 100% Piekenierskloof Steen. Piekenierskloof has a warm climate but enjoys light winds from the southwest which results in cool evenings. The vineyards grow at high altitude, 520 meters, with an average rainfall of 317mm in 2018. The grapes were harvested at 24° Balling.

Vinification details

Donkiesbaai Steen is made of 5 components. 15% is fermented in stainless steel tanks and transferred to old barrels for 6 months’ maturation. 50% is fermented in French Oak barrels then racked off the gross lees and matured in a combination of new (5%) and seasoned barrels. 20% fermented spontaneously and matured in concrete eggs on the lees for added complexity and mouthfeel. 10% fermented spontaneously in clay amphoras to retain the freshness and natural acidity of the Steen. 5% of the wine was stored in the tank and blended in prior to bottling, adding freshness. No sulphur was used during maturation.

Awards

Platter: 4.5*
Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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From the holiday home of the Engelbrecht family where crayfish and a cold glass of Steen (Chenin Blanc) is part of the history that is Donkiesbaai.

Light fresh straw hues. Tropical aromas of peaches, apricots and pineapple are well supported by fresh lime and melon notes that add a fantastic complexity to the nose. The wine shows good follow through of the stone fruit and pineapple onto the palate with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and an elegant, balanced finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.12

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

January 2015

TIME IN OAK

5 months (portion of blend)

SULPHUR

Total: 118 Free: 40

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Piekenierskloof

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, pressed and left overnight to settle. A portion of the wine was fermented in old French oak barrels for five months prior to bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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From the holiday home of the Engelbrecht family where crayfish and a cold glass of Steen (Chenin Blanc) is part of the history that is Donkiesbaai.

Light fresh straw hues. Tropical aromas of melon are well supported by fresh citrus and floral notes. There is a subtle lime zest and underlying hints of honeycomb crunchiness that add to the complexity of the nose. Tropical fruit flavours follow through onto the palate, supported by fresh lime undertones. The wine is well structured with fine minerality and great balance.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.12

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

HARVEST DATE

January 2014

TIME IN OAK

5 months (a portion of the wine)

SULPHUR

Total: 140 Free: 32

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Piekenierskloof

Vinification details

The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, pressed and left overnight to settle. A portion of the wine was fermented in old French oak barrels for five months prior to bottling.

Awards

Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss