Villiera Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018

The wine has intense fruit and honey with a hint of wood spice on the nose, including pineapple, guava and citrus. On the palate it is rich and full bodied with good balance and a long finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc

 

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Villiera Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018

Tasting Note

Villiera Chenin Blanc has intense fruit and honey with a hint of wood spice on the nose, including pineapple, guava and citrus. On the palate the Villiera chenin blanc is rich and full bodied with good balance and a long finish.

Production method

Harvested from 3 blocks, including very old bush vine fruit. 6 hours of skin contact prior to pressing. 40% was fermented in French oak, the remainder in tank. Blended after fermentation and aged on the lees for 3 months.

Winemaker

Jeff Grier Winery Cousins Jeff and Simon Grier started the family owned Villiera Wines outside of Stellenbosch in 1983. This particular grape-growing region has a prevailing Mediterranean climate which is favoured for the growing of vines. All the fruit is grown on Villiera making the wines distinctive and unique. The introduction of the high-tech cellar facilities for the production of still wines as well as Methode Cap Classique sparkling wines, combined with a unique philosophy has seen Villiera developing into one of the country’s leading private wineries. The winery maintains an environmentally friendly vineyard with 200 ha designated to grapes and the other 200 ha made up of buildings, fallow land, gardens and dams. There is a strong focus on water conservation and recycling and 12000 indigenous trees are currently being planted on the farm as part of a green project. The Wild life in the sanctuary is abundant and Villiera Winery has been accredited as a BWI member. In 2006 Villiera bacame apart of the WIETA (Biodiversity Wine Initiative). Their mission is to improve working conditions within the Agricultural Industry by adhering to ethical employment practices. The WIETA code of conduct prohibits the use of child labor, excessive working hours and unfair discrimination, while ensuring a healthy and safe working environment and the right to a living wage.

Regional Info

Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous wine-producing region in South Africa. The town, in Western Cape’s Coastal Region, is steeped in history and is home to the country’s best-known wine estates. Cabernet Sauvignon is the region’s most widely planted grape variety, and is often combined with Merlot to create Bordeaux Blend wines.

Stellenbosch is just 25 miles (40km) east of Cape Town. Simonsberg Mountain in the north separates it from Paarl, while the Hottentot Hollands Mountain range on the eastern side separates it from Walker Bay. False Bay lies roughly 12 miles (20km) to the south. Vineyards cover the gently rolling hills of Stellenbosch, from Helderberg in the south to the lower slopes of Simonsberg Mountain in the north. This terrain allows for a lot of variation in wine styles, and mesoclimates suitable for the cultivation of all sorts of grape varieties can be found among the exposed hills and sheltered valleys.

Granite and sandstone soils are found throughout Stellenbosch. Their high clay content means that while they are free draining they have excellent water-retention properties. Sufficient rainfall in winter allows growers to keep irrigation to a minimum. Much has been made of the suitability of the soils in Stellenbosch for the production of premium red-wine grapes in particular.

The region’s climate is relatively hot and dry, although a maritime influence comes from False Bay in the south. Cooling south-easterly breezes wash through the vineyards in the afternoons, refreshing the grapes after the morning’s hot sun. White-wine varieties are often planted closer to the ocean where this effect is more pronounced. Such is the variation of terroir here that Stellenbosch is divided into many different wine-producing areas. The wards of Banghoek, Bottelary, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch are all recognised by the Wine of Origin scheme. The unofficial areas of Helderberg and Stellenboschkloof also have their own distinctive wine styles.

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon can be found on wine lists the world over, while Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc are all planted here in quantity. Stellenbosch is also notable for being the birthplace of Pinotage (a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut) in 1924.

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