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Hooiwijn, literally 'straw wine' in Afrikaans, where bunches of grapes are placed on racks covered by straw and twice a week turned by hand.

Glowing gold in colour, showing aromas of marmalade, apricot, orange blossom, and subtle mineral notes of terracotta pots. Delicate yet complex on the palate, with candied orange peel, dry rooibos tea, and crème caramel complimented with a lifting acidity. Elegant, with velvety sweetness that balances the fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

9.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

248.0 g/L

pH

3.32

ACIDITY

8.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Piekenierskloof

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness and left on straw mats for 3 weeks to dry. This allows sugars and acids to concentrate, and flavour compounds to fully develop. Grapes are destemmed and gently pressed before being transferred into a barrel for fermentation. The fermentation process is stopped by filtration when the wine reaches an alcohol level of approximately 10%. Hooiwijn is matured in seasoned 225l & 300l French oak barrels for 6 months before being bottled. Only 3685 bottles were made.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... the grapes for this deliciously proportioned sweet wine come from old vine Chenin Blanc parcels in Piekenierskloof and show the racy acidity of this higher altitude region.

Tim Atkin MW

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Hooiwijn, literally 'straw wine' in Afrikaans, where bunches of grapes are placed on racks covered by straw and twice a week turned by hand.

Vivid aromas of apricot, peach, candied citrus peel and marmalade are layered with subtle hints of brioche and roasted nuts. Delicately sweet on the palate with generous fruit flavours following through from the nose, with notes of beeswax and dried pears adding texture and a mouth-coating richness. Excellent balance of sweetness and acidity that cleans the palate, leaving a lingering flavour of pear juice.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

9.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

233.8 g/L

pH

3.18

ACIDITY

8.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

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, 520m.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness and left on straw mats for three weeks to dry. This allows the sugars to concentrate and the flavour compounds to fully develop. The grapes were destemmed and pressed before being transferred into barrel for fermentation. The fermentation process was stopped by filtration when the wine reached an alcohol level of approximately 10%. Matured in seasoned 225L and 300L French oak barrels for 6 months before being bottled. Only 2441 bottles were made.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... more than enough acidity to balance the rich, honeyed, pear and apricot flavours and oak spice

Tim Atkin MW

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Hooiwijn, literally 'straw wine' in Afrikaans, where bunches of grapes are placed on racks covered by straw and twice a week turned by hand.

Liquid gold in a glass. This Chenin dried on straw mats shows the essence of the fruit – fresh peaches and persimmon, with mandarin marmalade, grilled peaches and orange blossom on the nose. It follows through on the palate showing flavours of candied ginger, almond pastries and dried herbs. This is a lush, rich wine kept fresh by its tart apple-like acidity and lingering finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

9.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

205.3 g/L

pH

3.59

ACIDITY

7.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Piekenierskloof

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

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, 520m. 2018 was a very dry vintage, with an average rainfall of just 317mm.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness and left on straw mats for three weeks to dry. This allows the sugars to concentrate and the flavour compounds to fully express themselves. The grapes were destemmed and pressed before being transferred into barrel for fermentation. The fermentation process was stopped by filtration when the wine reached an alcohol level of approximately 10%. Matured in old 225L and 300L French oak barrels for 6 months before being bottled. Only 3300 bottles were made.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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What an amazing wine this is!

Tim Atkin MW

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Hooiwijn, literally 'straw wine' in Afrikaans, where bunches of grapes are placed on racks covered by straw and twice a week turned by hand.

Deep straw colour with aromas of refreshing citrus peel, orange blossoms, granola and ripe mango that give this wine a beautifully complex and layered bouquet. Upfront flavours of dried apricots, honey, dried apple slices and ripe mangos lead the palate into a subtle hint of dusty straw and marmalade, integrating well to reveal an opulent and lingering finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

9.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

214.8 g/L

pH

3.58

ACIDITY

8.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

With 2017 vintage grapes coming from the original vineyard on a north-eastern slope at the very top of Piekenierskloof pass, Donkiesbaai have carefully sourced and encorporated a small percentage of Chenin Blanc from pockets in the Stellenbosch and Swartland regions, chosen to complement the style in which they make Hooiwijn. All these individual blocks of Chenin Blanc bush vines are planted in deep sandy soil and yield an average three tons per hectare. Grape berries were smaller and more concentrated in this 2017 vintage because of the dry climate. Yields too were much smaller but the quality of the grapes were exceptional.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness, and left on straw mats for three weeks to dry. This allows the sugars to concentrate and the flavour compounds to fully express themselves. The wine was barrel fermented, and then matured in French oak barrels for 6 months before bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... consistently one of the best sweet wines in the Cape ...

Tim Atkin MW

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Hooiwijn, literally 'straw wine' in Afrikaans, where bunches of grapes are placed on racks covered by straw and twice a week turned by hand.

Golden in the glass with beautiful aromas of apricot, pineapple and honeysuckle adding to a rich, complex nose. Stewed peach, apricot and honeycomb follow through beautifully onto the palate with an underlying hint of caramel oats. The wine shows good structure and great balance between sweetness and acidity, with a long, lingering, fresh finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

9.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

238.0 g/L

pH

3.18

ACIDITY

8.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Piekenierskloof

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 and the approximate rainfall is 360mm per annum. This was a very dry vintage, with the average rainfall being only 184mm.

Vinification details

The grapes for this wine come from the same block as the Steen (Chenin Blanc), however making the Hooiwijn is an intriguing and very interesting method. The bunches are placed on a rack that have been covered by straw and twice a week the bunches are turned by hand to ensure that they are not sunburnt. Once the grapes reach 40°B they are removed from the racks and can be pressed.

The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness, and left on straw mats for 3 weeks to dry. This allows the sugars to concentrate and the flavor compounds to fully express themselves. The wine was barrel fermented, and then matured in French oak barrels for 6 months before bottling.

Awards

Platter: 5*
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts

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The palate is sweet and unctuous with candied lemons, apricot and white peach, though it has the acidity to cut through the sweetness and maintain freshness on the finish.

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Hooiwijn, literally 'straw wine' in Afrikaans, where bunches of grapes are placed on racks covered by straw and twice a week turned by hand.

Deep straw colour in the glass with a pale green hue. Beautiful aromas of ripe yellow peach supported by citrus and honey notes add to a rich, complex nose. Tropical fruit flavours and honey blossom follow through beautifully onto the palate, with an underlying hint of caramel. The wine shows good structure and balance.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

10.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

221.6 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

7.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

8 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Piekenierskloof

Vinification details

The grapes for this wine come from the same block as the Steen (Chenin Blanc), however making the Hooiwijn is an intriguing and very interesting method. The bunches are placed on a rack that have been covered by straw and twice a week the bunches are turned by hand to ensure that they are not sunburnt. Once the grapes reach 40°B they are removed from the racks and can be pressed.

The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness, and left on the straw mats for three weeks to dry. This allowed the sugars to concentrate and the flavour compounds to fully express themselves. The wine was barrel fermented, and then matured in French oak barrels for 8 months before bottling.

Awards

Platter: 4.5*

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