Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch WO, Warwick 75cl








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“Made from a single Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1978 on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg. Old bush vines that have stood the test of time, produce a small harvest of concentrated fruit. Grapes are picked by hand early morning and whole bunch pressed. The juice is allowed to clarify naturally, and fermentation took place in 400L French oak barrels. 25% second fill and the balance neutral oak barrels. After fermentation the barrels rolled once a month for nine months before blending and bottling. Serve with grilled fish with a buttery sauce and creamy potato mash.” JD Pretorius – Warwick Cellar Master

“This Chenin Blanc made from grapes planted in 1978 shows expressive and nuanced aromatics boasting layers of pear puree, wet straw, honied white peaches and a compelling stony minerality. On the palate, the wine reveals an explosive depth of fruit, rich glycerol layers of tangy tangerine glacé and candied yellow fruits, quince, and honied yellow plum. There is plenty of showy breadth and depth but it’s the intensity of the old vine fruit that really impresses most. This is top drawer quality and a delightful addition to a very accomplished range of Warwick Wines. Drink on release or bury in the cellar for 10 to 12+ years.” Greg Sherwood MW 95 points

“A new wine to the Warwick portfolio, although the vineyard was planted in 1978 and came with the Uitkyk purchase, this is an exciting old-vine Chenin Blanc. Rich and concentrated with stylish wood, patisserie and citrus fruit and racy minerality.” Tim Atkin 93 points

“Simply delicious 2019 has baked quince, apple & pineapple on palate, gains a lovely texture from ageing on lees 10 months with regular rolling of the barrels, all older 400L. Only portion through malo to retain freshness.” Platter’s Wine Guide 90 points

Greg Sherwood MW 95 p
Tim Atkin 93 p
Platter’s Wine Guide 90 p