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TASTING NOTES

Church Swartland 2020 - by Samarie Smith

 

Pronounced intensity | Med lemon colour | Med acidity | Med+ body | High Alc. |med finish

Nose
This wine is as beguiling as Chenin Blanc likes to be, packed with a mélange of tropical fruit that will entice wine drinkers with an affinity to expressive wines. It is packed with aromas of ripe kumquat, guava, frangipani, and freshly cut nectarine. A gentle brush of fennel and dill add a savoury gloss. As the wine warms up in your glass, it is even more forthcoming with melon and cinnamon-dusted pineapple. Secondary aromas add an apricot yogurt sweetness and fresh, flaky pastry notes.

 

Palate
The wine is dry with a tangy acidity. A contrasting play on a creamy mouthfeel and chalky texture adds complexity. A briny and orange pith note trails on the aftertaste, making this an ideal partner for Mediterranean cuisine. Somewhat warm alcohol is tempered with upfront fruit to bring harmony, and the length of the wine is ushered with a frisky minerality. The intensity will undoubtedly make this a memorable wine.

 

Plate
Keep it simple to bring the best out in this wine and pair it with Octopus carpaccio. The octopus' oceanic softness and texture will complement the fruit-forward nature of this wine. Easy on the lemon, as this might temper an already timid acidity. Be bold with using rocket, rosemary, and a dash of sun-dried tomato oil as an added savoury component.

Church Swartland Chenin Blanc 2020 100% Swartland Chenin Blanc

 

Vineyard
The fruit is sourced from Bushvine in the Paardeberg region. The soils are a combination of quartz soil, koffieklip, shale and ferricrete laterite.

 

Winemaking
The grapes are 100% whole bunch pressed with Champagne cycle on a pneumatic press. Spontane- ous malolactic fermentation and maturation takes place in barrique. Fermentation peaks at 20°C. The barrels are 100% French, mainly Damy, D&J’s Marcel Cadet and Taransaud 225 and 300 Litres. Maturation occurs at 11 months in second, third and forth fill oak barrels. Maturation on gross lees. Stirring of lees only during the first couple of months. IPW certified. Vegan-friendly. Yield average of 6ton/ha.

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