Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2015 – 21.06.2016

Chenin Blanc 2012 copyOldenburg Chenin Blanc 2015

Always exciting times at Oldenburg Wine Estate up in the Banghoek Valley.  New harvest, new wine making, releasing new vintages. Busy people.  The wine however is constant. Good wine, packed with flavour reflecting and expressing the vagaries of vintage.

As a benchmark, Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2015 does it for me. Everything you look for in a superb oak matured Chenin.

The grapes for this wine come from a ten-year-old vineyard planted on alluvial soils in a north west south east direction. The vines are trellised and supplementary drip irrigation is installed in case necessary.

Oldenburg Rondekop in AutumnOldenburg Vineyards. Rondekop Hill in Autumn

The vineyards are hand harvested and bunch selection is done in the vineyard and then after destalking the berries are sorted individually.  CEO & Winemaker Philip Costandius fermented 69% of this wine in stainless steel tanks and the balance in French oak barrels of which half were new. The two components were blended and prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Packed under screwcap in a Burgundy shaped bottle.  Elegant gold and white label.  In the glass a pale yellow brass.

It smells like
Tropical fruits, guava, Canary melon, fynbos honey and supportive oak

It tastes like
A generosity of tropical fruit.  From entry it is very accessible. The rich and roundness of the fruit carries on through mid-palate and into a long ending which has notes of shortbread with caramel chips, sappy and passion fruit acidity in the finish.

m_IMG_1246Roast Chicken, with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing,
Leeks & Fennel by Carey Boucher Erasmus

It’s good with
This is a wine for sipping and contemplation.  It is a perfect food wine. And I have always thought that Chicken and Chenin are the perfect marriage. Roast Chicken, with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing, & Leeks & Fennel by Carey Boucher Erasmus is just such a dish. Click here for her recipe

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