Vintage 2023

Chenin Blanc, Diemersfontein

Diemersfontein
Product Code: DN10ZZWC

Tasting Notes

A nose of pineapple, taste of green apples and pears with warm toasty biscuit aromas to add balance acidity lends to this wines fine length and compatibility with many flavourful dishes. Roast duck and pear salad is a particular flavour, though the wine is not easily dominated by smoked pork, fish or Thai prawns. Inviting flavours of taosty biscuit aromas and pineapple on the nose. On the palate crisp Granny Smith apples and pears add balance to this wine.

Profile

Chenin Blanc
13
SOUTH AFRICA
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            [Notes1] => A nose of pineapple, taste of green apples and pears with warm toasty biscuit aromas to add balance acidity lends to this wines fine length and compatibility with many flavourful dishes. Roast duck and pear salad is a particular flavour, though the wine is not easily dominated by smoked pork, fish or Thai prawns.

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            [Notes2] => The 183 hectare property is situated 70 kilometres north east of Cape Town in Wellington in the Western Cape Winelands. The first vines were planted in the 1970s on the alluvial terraces as well as the granite slopes that are found higher up in the Haweka Mountains. The climate is Mediterranean-like with warm summers and cool breezes coming off the Atlantic to cool the vineyards around harvest time. 
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Max Sonnenberg, with his son Richard (Dick), was the co-founder of Woolworths South Africa and a Member of Parliament in the Jan Smuts Government. He and his family used Diemersfontein as a country retreat, and during the war years, Italian prisoners of war were housed in the farm cottages.

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About this product +

Producer >

The Diemersfontein estate has been in the Sonnenberg family since the early 1940s and is today run by David and his wife Sue. The 183 hectare property is situated 70 kilometres north east of Cape Town in Wellington in the Western Cape Winelands. David’s father, Richard, planted the first vines in the 1970s on the alluvial terraces that as well as the granite slopes that are found higher up in the Haweka Mountains. The climate is Mediterranean-like with warm summers and cool breezes coming off the Atlantic to cool the vineyards around harvest time. In 2000, David built the estate’s own winery and head maker Francois Roode has been in charge for the past 16 years. Both the Chenin Blanc and Pinotage are tank fermented with the Pinotage being made in tanks with oak staves to give an extra layer of flavour and complexity.

Viticulture >

The 183 hectare property is situated 70 kilometres north east of Cape Town in Wellington in the Western Cape Winelands. The first vines were planted in the 1970s on the alluvial terraces as well as the granite slopes that are found higher up in the Haweka Mountains. The climate is Mediterranean-like with warm summers and cool breezes coming off the Atlantic to cool the vineyards around harvest time.

Winemaking >

Grapes were picked at two different ripening levels, destemmed crushed and given 2 hours soaking in the press. After pressing, the juicesettled in tank for 3 days and was inoculated with yeast. Low fermentation temperatures of 13 degrees where maintained for the next three weeks. The wine is then racked and prepared for bottling.

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