Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017 – a first white from the predominantly red wine producing Swartland Estate…

Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017

Allesverloren, the oldest wine farm in the Swartland Wine of Origin district, is in the Riebeekberg Ward and on the slopes of the Kasteelberg near Riebeek West. Even though location, aspects and micro climates makes for their traditional full bodied, hearty and fortified wines with excellent fruit concentration especially the Fine Old Vintage, their Port style wine. Allesverloren dips its toe into white wine with the release of the Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017.

Danie Malan, Allesverloren Owner & Winemaker performing a pumpover in the cellar

Owner and cellar master, Danie Malan is the fifth generation of Malan’s on the farm. In 1998, Danie was named Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for his signature wine, the 1996 Allesverloren Shiraz.

The dry land, trellised vineyards from which the fruit for the Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017 was sourced are situated on the north-eastern
slopes of the Kasteelberg where they benefit from optimum sunlight to produce an abundance of complex flavours. The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and taken to the cellar where they were destalked and crushed.  The juice was clarified and inoculated with pure yeast culture. It was aged for 7 months in old oak barrels. After blending it was fined and clarified just before bottling. The wine was clarified by time and gravity alone to allow for bottling without filtration.

Chenin Blanc grapes ripening in the morning sunshine

Pour
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the classical Allesverloren livery. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw with lime green flashes.  The aromas are of citrus and ripe white fleshed peaches. Complex layered wine with marzipan and grated ginger juice and the oak and its concomitant spices.

Pair
Good glass on its own for watching the sun go down. Perfect for food, particularly Oriental foods like sushi, ceviche. Mild Kerala vegetarian curries. Excellent partner to soft cheeses like chevin or flavoured cream cheese

Very even handedly priced from your local supermarket.

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