Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa
June 15, 2018, James Molesworth
“Friendly, with pear and green melon flavors allied to a slightly soft and rounded frame. A light verbena hint gives the finish lift. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 668 cases imported.”
Shaped by the generosity of nature and the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Fleur du Cap Bergkelder range reflects the abundant yet subtle flavors of this truly unique terroir. All the vineyards from which these wines are made are situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, yet richest of only six such plant kingdoms in the world. The Bergkelder Selection is known for exceptional quality and wines that express their true varietal character. Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east-facing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. The soil is predominantly medium textured and well-drained with good water holding capacity.
Grapes were sourced from three different vineyards in the Western Cape. Two vineyards are from Darling varying between dryland bush vines (planted 1993) and trellised dryland vineyard (planted 2003). The soils are decomposed granite with very good water holding capacity. Production varied between 6-8 tons per hectare and the grapes were hand harvested during February. The third vineyard from Elgin is trellised and was planted in 2005 at 300 m above sea level on decomposed rocky shale soils. The grapes were handpicked at 21,5 23,5° Balling. After crushing, the juice was clarified and inoculated with a pure yeast culture. 20% was aged on French Oak whilst 80% of the wine is unwooded. The two components were blended together and then stabilized for bottling.
The wine is clear with specs of green. The nose is fruit driven with aromas of apple, guava and a hint of litchi and a touch of oak spice. On the palate this medium bodied wine shows lovely tropical fruit complemented by a dash of butterscotch from the time spent on wood. It has a long lasting finish and is definitely an extremely food friendly wine.
This wine works wonders with seafood such as shellfish, crayfish, oysters and mussels. It is a good choice with Thai and light chicken dishes as well as a mild bobotie. Serve chilled, but not ice cold.
Varietals: 100% Chenin Blanc
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 6.1
Residual Sugar: 2.7
Suggested Retail Price: $10.99