Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2017 Old Vine Single Vineyard

This is a combination of grapes from the second oldest vineyard of Chenin Blanc in South Africa, planted in 1947, and another 56 year old bushvine vineyard. The wine was made with the absolute minimum intervention and to allow the old vines to express the true flavours of the site and variety with as gentle a human touch as possible.

The wine has an unmistakable minerality and the salty, Umami flavour on the palate that can only be found when vines have struggled for decades to make their mark in the soil.  This wine signifies something truly special to me as a winemaker and is part of my journey in life and wine in South Africa, hence the name, Camino Africana, “The African Way”

variety : Chenin Blanc [ 100% Chenin Blanc ]
winery : Edgebaston
winemaker : David Finlayson
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.47 % vol  rs : 4.6 g/l  pH : 3.36  ta : 5.9 g/l  va : 0.66 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Mineral  
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

Platter Guide 2015: 5* Platter 
88 points: eRobert Parker
90 points: Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
in the vineyard : 

Sandy, loam topsoil to granitic gravel subsoils
Harvest date: March 2017

in the cellar : 

All grapes were hand picked from two vineyards of bushvines planted in 1947 and 1961, pressed whole bunch and then fermented with natural yeast in older French oak barrels.  Sulphured after primary fermentation to prevent MLF, followed by 11 months maturation on the lees.

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