September is Heritage Month and the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl is celebrating with its Heritage Heroes Wines. This month, The Anchorman. Named for Philippus Wolvaart who established Nederburg in 1791. It is recorded that he planted Chenin Blanc, and other wine grape varieties. Doing so must have called for a massive leap of faith, as Times were hard and being a man of vision and courage, Wolvaart saw the great potential of the land itself. He took a massive leap of faith, put down anchor on this beautiful Paarl Estate. He was a family man and built the Nederburg Manor House close to a little stream for his wife Margaretha and their four children.
South Africa has really become the home of Chenin Blanc. It is the most widely planted wine grape in the country and our vineyards are six times that of the Loire Valley in France, its original home.
The Chenin Blanc grapes for The Anchorman 2018 come from old, low-yielding vines in the Paarl and Darling Wine Appellations. In the cellar, the grapes were treated in four different ways to create four different wines, each complementing the other which were later blended. One fraction was fermented in first, second- and third-fill 300-litre and 500-litre barrels. The second in stainless-steel tanks. The was fermented in traditional clay amphorae, while the fourth underwent carbonic maceration. In the carbonic maceration process whole untouched bunches undergo spontaneous fermentation with their natural yeasts which reside on the skins. This wine is delicate, fresh and fruity and imparts this to the other fractions. After fermentation, the various components were kept on the lees for nine months prior to final blending and preparation for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is elegant and pays homage to Philippus Wolvaart, The Anchorman. In the glass, the wine is citrine in colour, gem bright. The aromas are what one expects from Chenin Blanc with its vibrant fruit supported by oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. Granny Smith apples, scrunched fynbos and honey abound. The palate is dry and lively from entry. Multi layered, creamy, sparky and a long gently waning aftertaste. An impressive glass, eminently drinkable now, though will reward with a year or two of cool cellaring.
The Anchorman 2018 is a wine for serious sipping. Superb with food. I always put Chicken and Chenin Blanc together in a perfect tabletop marriage. You will find some interesting food partners on the menu at Nederburg’s The Manor Restaurant. Nina Timm’s Granny’s Roast Chicken is just the most perfect partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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