WELVILLE
Old Vine Chenin Blanc

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The name was inspired by the old health clinic that was built on the farm in the 1930's. Patients, mostly from Cape Town, spent weeks on the farm recovering from respiratory complications.

 For the WELVILLE Old Vine Chenin Blanc I used fruit from vineyards planted in 1992. The clone is SN424. The block is 130m above sea-level, and is North-East facing with North to South row direction. The soils are a combination of decomposed shale with a clay / loam base.

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VINEYARDS

The WELVILLE OLD VINE CHENIN BLANC gets its name from the old health clinic that was built on the farm in the 1930’s. Patients, mostly from Cape Town, spent weeks on the farm recovering from respiratory complications.

In addition to the dry climate, thought to be beneficial to the patients, the farm also supplied the patients with organic fruit and vegetables during their recovery time on the property.

Block A and B were planted in 1992 and the clone is SN 424. The Block is 130m above sea-level, North-East facing with North to South row direction. The soils are a combination of decomposed shale with a clay / loam base.


WINEMAKING

The Chenin Blanc was harvested by hand early in the morning and immediately pressed. No enzymes were used on the grapes or juice. We settled the juice for 48 hours before moving the cloudy juice to the two barrels; the barrels being 5th and 6th fill respectively.

Fermentation was done wild and between 16ºC to 18ºC. Fermentation took 14 days, after which the wine was left on the thick lees for 12 months, with battonage undertaken once a month.


TASTING

Appearance – A pale yellow colour with a clear, bright edge.
Nose – An elegant aroma of floral tones like honeysuckle and a more savoury orange blossom note, complemented by a hint of richness, which is balanced against a fresh acidity.
Palate – Centred around a lively acidity, a citrus richness through notes of mandarin oranges, kumquat and clementines lead way to an aromatic Oriental note of yuzu lime, that ends in a lingering floral tone.


PAIRING

This Chenin Blanc is quite special, in that the Old Vine yield less fruit, yet has excellent concentration. Paired with a gruyere salad with grilled nectarines, or buttery west-coast sole is an option for summer, while Peking duck, hearty roasted root vegetable dishes or marmalade glazed gammon will be perfect for winter.


DETAILS

GRAPE VARIETAL
100% Chenin Blanc
WINE BODY
Mid-full
VINEYARD YIELD
7 ton / ha
HARVEST DATE
23.02.2022
BARREL SIZE
2 X 225L
TOTAL PRODUCTION
525 Bottles
SERVING TEMPERATURE
7ºC - 14ºC
MATURATION POTENTIAL
10 - 15 Years
SERVING GLASS
Bordeaux White
DECANTING TIME
Not Advised

ANALYSIS

ALCOHOL
13.33% VOL
RESIDUAL SUGAR
1.7 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY
6.7 g/l
VOLATILE ACIDITY
0.41 g/l
pH BALANCE
3.31

TASTING NOTES

Welville 2022 Tasting Note