2021 Tembela Wines Chenin Blanc, Cape Town, South Africa
Baenele sources this fruit from the old bush vine Altydgedacht Vineyard in Durbanville, an area that is much more known for Sauvignon Blanc. In this cooler climate, Chenin Blanc expresses its brighter, fresher side, and is a nice alternative to some of the richer Chenin Blancs that can come out of South Africa’s warmer areas, like the Swartland.
The grapes were 100% whole-bunch pressed and then the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The clear juice was racked off the solids, and then was sent to concrete eggs to ferment. The wine stayed there for 1 month, after which it was sent to old 225L barrels for 9 months. Bottling occurred after those 10 months without fining or filtering and just a 38 ppm dose of sulfur.
- Country South Africa
- Region Western Cape
- Appellation Cape Town
- Style White Wine
- Producer Tembela Wines
- Farming Practices Organic
- Grapes Chenin Blanc
- Food Pairings Stinky Cheese, Roast White Meats, Fresh Seafood, White Sauce, Fried Food
- Characteristics Flexes w/ Food, Big Power, Bright and Fresh