Chenin Blanc 'Hoe-Steen'
- Vineyard planted in 1968 just west of Malmesbury towards Darling, in deep, red iron and clay rich soils. Most probably the deepest soils we work with in the Swartland. We finished vintage 2018 off with this vineyard which we harvested even after Cinsault which is supposed to be a late ripener in our region
- Smaller canopies due to the lack of rainfall for three consecutive winters indeed does have long term impacts. Ripening was about a week slower than usual, but we patiently wrapped up the vintage on other fronts while waiting. This vineyard was planted on a “massale” selection method and grafted in the vineyard onto the root stocks a year after the root stocks were planted. A few Cape Riesling (Crouchen blanc), False Pedro, Palomino, Sémillon and Clairette blanche vines have been discovered since then
- The vineyard remain predominantly Steen and they see it as part of the Cape’s old vineyard history which they are privileged to be working with. Harvested in February’s second half, hand sorted, whole bunch pressed, one year in old French oak barrels. Hoë-Steen is our third wine qualifying for the Old Vine Project (OVP) seal
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