When I first saw the name of this wine, I was not quite sure what it meant. Eventually, as they use computer symbols, I realised that it meant < [below] CL [motor registration for Stellenbosch] and ° [degrees centigrade]. So, Oldenburg is cooler that Stellenbosch. Itself in the Banghoek Valley in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, though on the cooler side of the iconic Simonsberg. This is the story behind the Oldenburg Vineyards <CL° White Blend 2019, a cool climate wine. The climate allows for slower ripening, thus cooler climate, cooler wine.
This is quite a year to be remembered, it was the first harvest for winemaker Nic van Aarde, and also the first year that the Oldenburg Cellar was used. We were fortunate to have has a tasting of this wine with Nic and Judi Dyer at Oldenburg just before Christmas. The grapes at Oldenburg are hand harvested which give the opportunity for the first sorting, simply if the bunch is not good, it is not good for the wine. In the cellar berry sorting takes place to ensure that only the best grapes go through for the wine. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and 60% of the wine taken to French oak barrels of which 17% were new, the balance previous fills. The wine, a blend of 75% Chardonnay, with the remainder Chenin Blanc, was then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. Elegant minimalist label in white. In the glass, a pale golden straw. The aromas are so appealing, instead of early whiffs of citrus, white fleshed peaches come though, swiftly followed by other stone fruits like apricot and a mélange of the most aromatic tropical fruits. The palate is wonderfully generous, especially in the mid palate. Where you will find Granny Smith apples, and white tropical flowers and fynbos honey. What a truly great glass. Ready for now drinking, though a year or two of cool cellaring will certainly reward.
The Oldenburg Vineyards <CL° White Blend 2019 is an easy drinker. Perfect as a mid-morning refresher or a sundown supper. It makes an excellent aperitif when it can lead into a suitable dish at the start of a meal. As a perfect midweek supper dish, Nina Timm’s Colonel Harland Sanders Stuffed Pork Chops does the trick. Click HERE for Nina’s recipe.
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