Wine: Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2014
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Winemaker:: Irina von Holdt and Rocco de Villiers
Background: Cape Wine Master, Irina von Holdt’s passion for Chenin Blanc goes back to the early 90’s when she was instrumental in kicking off the Chenin Blanc revolution in the Cape with the release of her first handcrafted 100% Chenin called Blue White. At the same time, along with her daughter Fran they started Old Vines Cellars, a women’s empowerment winery and at that stage the first of its kind in the country. Both Irina and Fran have working backgrounds in wine, journalism and business as well as Irina who sits on several wine judging panels and a previous taster for the Platters wine guide. As they don’t have their own vineyards or cellar they select grapes from carefully nurtured, old Chenin vineyards in the Stellenbosch ward and once harvested are sent to be converted into wine at their chosen cellar. The grapes for the 2014 were sourced from a 41 year old low yielding vineyard, on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks using carefully selected yeasts in order to retain freshness of aroma and fruit flavour. After fermentation the wine spent nine months on the lees which has given extra weight, complexity and silky richness to the wine prior to bottling. .
When to drink: Now until 2020
Result: Well-made Chenin’s benefit from several years of maturation and this wine is a perfect example. It offers significant aromas of rich tropical fruit with delicate hints of peach and apple leading to deliciously creamy opulent fruit flavours with hints of honey and nougat on the long finish.
Expect to pay: R100.00
Drink with what: Oven roasted Kingklip with almond crust was a perfect combo.