The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir in their range of single variety wines. Minimal work in the vineyards ensures that the wine reflects where it is grown, on what it is grown, and the prevailing microclimate of the vineyards. The 8 natural elements experienced on Oldenburg are depicted on the label.
The grapes for the Oldenburg Vineyards Series Chenin Blanc 2019 come from 13 year old vineyards planted in alluvial soils. These are eroded riverine soils, loose, not compact. Hand-picked, as indeed are all of Oldenburg’s wines, early in the morning when the vineyards are still cool. Winemaker Nic van Aarde and his team destalk and crush the grapes and they lie in the juice till pressing time. Once settled, the juice is taken straight to French oak barrels. 20% of the wine went into new barrels and the rest into previously filled barrels. After fermentation, the wine goes into 225 litre and 300 litre oak barrels for 10 months. It is then prepared for bottling
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with an elegant screw cap. The label is unique, quirky, and elegant. Due to lockdown, I have not tasted this newly released wine. Nic van Aarde the Estate’s Winemaker says, in the glass, the wine is pale lemon with flashes of lime when held up to the light. He continues “on the nose aromas of refreshing lime and lemon zest as well as star anise and a hint of clove. The palate gives way to invigorating notes of melon, kiwi, green apples and white peaches. The wine has a wonderful mouth feel with the acidity being in fantastic balance with the fruit, which leads to a fantastic length on the finish.” Sounds so utterly delicious, I can’t wait for the couriers to reopen after lockdown.
Chenin Blanc is a wine which can be served with a variety of dishes. Anything from Oriental dishes, sushi, sashimi, ceviche. For me it works just the best with a buttery roasted organic chicken. Dianne Bibby’s Roasted Buttered Chicken is the answer. Click HERE for her recipe.
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