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Soon to join the ranks of the Old Vine Project, this is consistently one of the world's great Chenin Blancs.

Tim Atkin MW

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The 1947 Chenin Blanc is from old bush vines planted by Danie Jnr’s great grandfather in 1947; making it the second oldest Chenin block in the country.

From 72 year old vines, the aromatics are complex and spicy with lovely nuances of wet straw, dusty white citrus, honied yellow peaches, fynbos and sweet pineapple confit. There is such focused depth, full-bodied texture and complexity with nuances of tangerine peel, lychee concentrate and a honied bonbon intensity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.4 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Danie Steytler Jnr

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Winemaking is very hands on – fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and settled overnight before natural fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine spent one year in different barrels, 500L, 300L and 225L ranging from new to second-fill, and then a barrel selection was made to make up the final blend.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Only 900 bottles of this remarkable Chenin are produced, alas, so fight to get hold of one.

Tim Atkin MW

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The 1947 Chenin Blanc is from old bush vines planted by Danie Jnr’s great grandfather in 1947; making it the second oldest Chenin block in the country.

Orange zest, quince, flint and oyster shell. The youthful flavour profile is elegant, yet very broad and powerful. Seamless fruit flows onto the palate that also offers a mineral, saline grip to finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.6 g/L

pH

3.43

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Danie Steytler Jnr

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Winemaking is very hands on – fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and settled overnight before natural fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine spent one year in different barrels, 500L, 300L and 225L ranging from new to second-fill, and then a barrel selection was made to make up the final blend.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Right up there with the best Cape Chenins in 2016, this is a thing of beauty and stunning complexity.

Tim Atkin MW

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The 1947 Chenin Blanc is from old bush vines planted by Danie Jnr’s great grandfather in 1947; making it the second oldest Chenin block in the country.

Notes of citrus, honey and minerality lead seamlessly to a palate that is beautifully balanced and focused. Orchard fruits, a hint of citrus and spice with crisp acidity and subtle oak.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.0 g/L

pH

3.48

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Danie Steytler Jnr

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vinification details

Winemaking is very hands on – fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and settled overnight before natural fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine spent one year in different barrels, 500L, 300L and 225L ranging from new to second-fill, and then a barrel selection was made to make up the final blend.

Awards

Decanter Magazine: 96 pts, No. 1 in ‘Wines of 2017’ feature
Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
Platter: 5*
DWWA 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Just three vintages in, this is now firmly established as one of South Africa’s finest examples.

Christian Eades

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The 1947 Chenin Blanc is from old bush vines planted by Danie Jnr’s great grandfather in 1947; making it the second oldest Chenin block in the country.

A great depth to flavours of orange zest, beeswax and fine chalky minerality reminiscent of flint and oysters. Good length and power on the finish. A wonderful Chenin Blanc.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.8 g/L

pH

3.35

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Danie Steytler Jnr

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vinification details

Winemaking is very hands on – fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and settled overnight before natural fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine spent one year in different barrels, 500L, 300L and 225L ranging from new to second- fill, and then a barrel selection was made to make up the final blend. Only 900 bottles produced.

Awards

Christian Eades: 95 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss