Chenin Blanc is the most planted wine grape in South Africa. Our vineyard is six times the size of those in the Loire Valley, in France, its home. June 20th is International Chenin Blanc Day, so step forward and take a bow The Old Road Wine Company Le Courier 2019.
The Old Road Wine Company Originals celebrated the legendary characters who shaped the Franschhoek community in its early years. Le Courier of old was a bastion of commitment, toiling through rain or shine to bring the villagers their daily fresh foods – from livestock to vegetables. Like its namesake, this complex Chenin Blanc was built for the long haul.
Once delivered to Ryan Puttick, the ORWC winemaker, at the cellar, the grapes are destalked and crushed and cold fermented. After fermentation, the wine is left on its lees for 4 months to add complexity and is then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is quirky and amusing. In the glass, a pale golden straw in colour, gem bright. The aromas of white flowers, ripe fleshed white peaches, soft sun dried apricots and fynbos honey are followed on the palate by peach and pear fruits. There is a lovely line of fruit acidity from entry through to the long and slowly waning aftertaste. A couple of years of cool cellaring will reward you in terms of flavour and complexity in the wine.
The Old Road Wine Company Le Courier 2019 is a perfect wine for gentle sipping at sundown. Good as an aperitif before a meal and perhaps leading into the meal with a good food match. Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Crispy Skin Trout, Avo Rose & Greens, is an excellent partner. Click HERE to get the recipe.
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