The Old Road Wine Company is a producer of premium wines in Franschhoek. My choice for today is the Anemos, Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017. Anemos is Greek and is recognised as the mythical origin of wind. Plenty of that in the Cape Winelands. The Franschhoek vineyard from which these grapes are hand harvested is an unirrigated 35-year-old vineyard. It started off as a trellised vineyard and has now changed itself into an improvised bush vine. Harvested into small bins to protect the integrity of the grapes. Once in the cellar the grapes were destalked and crushed and then left in contact with the juice overnight. Racked off into barrels for fermentation, the wine then spent 9 months maturing there in mostly previous fill French oak barrels. Batonnage added great flavour and gravity to the wine. The Anemos, Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017 was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is quirky with a charming illustration of a gust of wind which includes a poor farm workers hat. I would like to let the Old Road Wine Company Wine Maker Ryan Puttick tale over. “Concentrated, yet fresh, with mouth=filling white pear, quince and gooseberry, followed by aromatic almond blossom and a balanced lingering finish. It’s depth of flavour is one of Anemos’ stand out features, along with a bright, focused acidity and earthy minerality which should see it age well.” Need I add more?
The Old Road Wine Company Anemos, Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017 should be chilled but not served too cold in my opinion. A Chenin as gutsy as this one will take on most foods. Dianne Bibby’s Quick Lemon and Herb Chicken is the perfect partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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