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A very lightly wooded Chenin, which shows quince and green apple flavours, impressive zip, freshness and palate length.

Tim Atkin MW

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Old Vine Project Chenin Blanc, Waterford Estate

From vines planted in 1966, Waterford's Chenin Blanc carries the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal of South Africa's Old Vine Project.

The colour is a lovely soft yellow, with aroma’s of white pear and pithy grapefruit, followed by elements of peach pip, honey comb and soft floral notes. The mouthfeel is delicate and smooth but holds a tremendous amount of mineral flavour and depth. A lot of stone fruit and minerality to be found on the palate, with the finish being lovely fresh and almost “sweet fruit” sensation.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.51

ACIDITY

4.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark le Roux

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Drought is still playing a huge part on the vintage, with a dry and warm winter hindering the dormancy period which is vital for even growth and survival, Chardonnay being most affected resulting in only a 50% yield this vintage. Across the board the winery experienced an average of 30% drop in yield. Berries at harvest time were tiny and highly concentrated in flavour, and due to relatively cool and dry summer weather, the wines also ended up with low alcohols and softer acidities.

Vinification details

To best preserve purity of fruit, berry bunches are hand-harvested in the early morning and whole bunch pressed directly to concrete eggs for natural fermentation and maturation. The concrete eggs are neutral in flavour and allow the wine to remain vibrant and to express itself fully.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

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... a textured, pithy, elegant white.

Tim Atkin MW

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Old Vine Project Chenin Blanc, Waterford Estate

From vines planted in 1966, Waterford's Chenin Blanc carries the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal of South Africa's Old Vine Project.

2018 is the maiden vintage of this wine. Showing wonderful purity and elegance with flavours of peach, oral honey and pithy stone fruit. The very well-textured palate displays fruit complexity and creaminess.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.51

ACIDITY

4.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2018 was another tough vintage for South African wineries as severe drought conditions continued. Early ripening varietals were more affected as they are harvested in the middle of summer, with later ones being hardier during this period. Whites have surprised with good freshness and the reds show great promise with lower alcohols.

Vinification details

To best preserve purity of fruit, berry bunches are hand-harvested in the early morning and whole bunch pressed directly to concrete eggs for natural fermentation and maturation. The concrete eggs are neutral in flavour and allow the wine to remain vibrant and to express itself fully.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

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