The exciting second vintage of a limited-edition Stellenbosch wine only made in years of exceptional harvests has just been released. The Sense of Place Kastanjeberg 2020 is the flagship wooded, single-vineyard Chenin Blanc made by Stellenbosch Hills.
The 2020 vintage Kastanjeberg follows on the 2017, its predecessor and the first of range that was showered with glowing reviews, “Pure class” – The Herald newspaper, I said of it at the time, “As a food wine it is superb.” SA Wine Reviews said, “We make some sublime Chenin Blanc here in SA – this is one of them…”– SA Wine Reviews.
The 2020 vintage offers renewed momentum for the lauded wine and Sense of Place range. The wooded Chenin Blanc is rich, complex and displays effusive aromas of citrus, sweet melon, pear fruit, honeysuckle, violets, and vanilla oak spice. On the palate, the full-bodied wine erupts with pear and peach flavours combined with hints of vanilla and almonds. A well weighted mid-palate is balanced by a creamy texture and juicy tannins, lingering to a near-eternal finish.
The name Kastanjeberg is derived from the Cape Chestnut or Calodendrum capense trees that thrived at the Cape in the early 1800s.
As with the 2017, the grapes come from a single vineyard on the slopes of the Kastanjeberg Farm in the Stellenbosch Kloof area. “Dry conditions throughout the season made for smaller berries, but with intense flavour,” says James. “The result is wine with ageing potential of five to ten years.”
Only 2 700 bottles were produced. This limit is one of the hallmarks of Stellenbosch Hills’ flagship Sense of Place range, which was established in 2019 to provide insight into some of South Africa’s finest terroir in Stellenbosch. Its aim is to showcase the diversity of expressions of which the vineyards at their peak are capable.
The Kastanjeberg Chenin Blanc 2020 sells for R295 and is available from the winery and selected boutique wine stores, as well as online through the Stellenbosch Hills website.
For more information about Stellenbosch Hills, visit www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za; call 021 881 3828/9; or, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stellenbosch Hills is also on
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Stellenbosch Hills is located at the intersection of the R310 and Vlottenburg Road, just outside Stellenbosch. It is open Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00; and, Saturdays: 10:00 – 15:00; and, closed on public holidays.
Saagwala – (chicken with spinach curry) by Sam Linsell (www.drizzleanddip.com) is paired with Stellenbosch Hills’ Sense of Place Kastanjeberg Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020.
Sam Linsell, do visit her website www.drizzleanddip.com
Saagwala or Palak chicken is a super delicious and mild North Indian curry that requires a bit of effort but is well worth it. Parts of the dish can be made in advance and the chicken then gets combined with a creamy spinach curry sauce with hints of bay, cumin, ginger and coriander. Click HERE for Sam’s Recipe.
Read more about Stellenbosch Hills and its wine offerings. CLICK HERE
Information from Random Hat Communications