Land of Hope Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016

Land of Hope Chenin Blanc
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.4% by volume
PH: 3.43
Residual sugar: 2.9 g/l
Total acidity: 6.8 g/l

IN THE VINEYARD

Rooted in ancient decomposed granitic soils, this Chenin Blanc is from a single vineyard on an ocean-facing slope of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. Following an extremely wet and relatively cold and long winter the Spring came late. Intermittent sunshine punctuated by windy and cold weather meant a pretty uneven budding. An abundance of soil moisture meant lots of viogour during the growing season and careful canopy management and crop thinning was needed to keep disease pressure to a minimum. The ripening period and lead up to harvest was marked by warm days and cool nights which created great concentration in the crop.

IN THE CELLAR

Grapes were handpicked and hand sorted, as always, and brought to our cellar in the cool of the morning where they were destemmed and lightly crushed. A small amount of skin contact was employed to increase the depth and intensity of the juice before pressing. The juice was fermented in Burgundian French oak barrels of which around 20% were new. A small portion of tank fermented Chenin was added for the final blend, to enhance the fresh and mineral focus of the wine. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most versatile premium white grape, with unique qualities and flavours derived from this site. This Chenin Blanc has genuine individuality, strength of character and a real sense of place as well as the potential to mature well for a further 3 – 5 years.

A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKER

This wine shows both the exuberance of the variety in its floral notes and its nobility in a compelling mineral acidity, naturally bestowed by the site in which it is grown. Balanced and poised, it provides just enough richness to please the palate and just the right amount of zing to refresh. We firmly believe Chenin will soon begin to earn recognition as South Africa’s most premium white varietal - with the Perdeberg (Swartland) and the Helderberg (Stellenbosch) leading the way.

 

Land of Hope Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

Land of Hope Chenin Blanc
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.57% by volume
PH: 3.55
Residual sugar: 2.38 g/l
Total acidity: 4.46 g/l

Rooted in ancient decomposed granitic soils, this Chenin Blanc is from a single vineyard on an ocean-facing slope of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. Following an extremely wet and relatively cold and long winter the Spring came late. Intermittent sunshine punctuated by windy and cold weather meant a pretty uneven budding. An abundance of soil moisture meant lots of viogour during the growing season and careful canopy management and crop thinning was needed to keep disease pressure to a minimum. The ripening period and lead up to harvest was marked by warm days and cool nights which created great concentration in the crop. Grapes were handpicked and hand sorted, as always, and brought to our cellar in the cool of the morning where they were destemmed and lightly crushed. A small amount of skin contact was employed to increase the depth and intensity of the juice before pressing. The juice was fermented in Burgundian French oak barrels of which around 20% were new. A small portion of tank fermented Chenin was added for the final blend, to enhance the fresh and mineral focus of the wine. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most versatile premium white grape, with unique qualities and flavours derived from this site. This Chenin Blanc has genuine individuality, strength of character and a real sense of place as well as the potential to mature well for a further 3 – 5 years. This wine shows both the exuberance of the variety in its floral notes and its nobility in a compelling mineral acidity, naturally bestowed by the site in which it is grown. Balanced and poised, it provides just enough richness to please the palate and just the right amount of zing to refresh. We firmly believe Chenin will soon begin to earn recognition as South Africa’s most premium white varietal - with the Perdeberg (Swartland) and the Helderberg (Stellenbosch) leading the way.

 

Land of Hope Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

Land of Hope Chenin Blanc
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.44% by volume
PH: 3.65
Residual sugar: 5.3 g/l
Total acidity: 5.01 g/l

Rooted in ancient decomposed granitic soils, this Chenin Blanc is from a single vineyard on an ocean-facing slope of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. After a relatively cold, and wet winter, an even bud break was achieved which led to even shoot development and ultimately resulted in the even development of bunches in. During Spring and early Summer the strong South Easterly winds caused some damage to the young shoots and this caused a natural reduction in the crop. Small but wonderfully concentrated, the bunches ripened slowly in a virtual absence of rain which meant beautifully healthy grapes.  The crop was picked by hand and manual sorting ensured that any bunches showing the slightest sign of Botrytis were excluded from the press in an effort to retain the purity of varietal expression that is a stylistic goal for this wine. To ensure freshness, part of the grapes were pressed  as whole bunches, while the rest were destemmed and lightly crushed to increase complexity and depth. The juice was fermented in Burgundian French oak barrels of which around 20% were new. A small portion of tank fermented Chenin was added for the final blend, to enhance the fresh and mineral focus of the wine. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most versatile premium white grape, with unique qualities and flavours derived from this site. This Chenin Blanc has  genuine individuality, strength of character and a real sense of place as well as the potential to mature well for a further 3 – 5 years. This wine shows both the exuberance of the variety in its floral notes and its nobility in a compelling mineral acidity, naturally bestowed by its site. Balanced and poised, it provides just enough richness to please the palate and just the right amount of zing to refresh.  We firmly believe Chenin will begin to earn recognition as South Africa’s most premium white varietal - with the Perdeberg (Swartland) and the Helderberg (Stellenbosch) leading the way.

 

Land of Hope Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

Land of Hope Chenin Blanc International Wine & Spirit Competition Silver 2012: Land of Hope Chenin Blanc
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
PH: 3.63
Residual sugar: 2.8 g/l
Total acidity: 4.9 g/l

Rooted in ancient decomposed granitic soils, this Chenin Blanc is from a single vineyard on an ocean-facing slope of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. After a relatively cold, and very wet winter in 2011, an even bud break was achieved which led to even shoot development and ultimately resulted in the even development of bunches. With winter rains rather more plentiful than previous years these hardy old bush vines were left untroubled to perfectly ripen bunches in an exceptionally cool ripening period with only minimal rains in  the lead up to harvest. The crop was picked by hand and manual sorting ensured that any bunches showing the slightest sign of Botrytis were excluded from the press in an effort to retain the purity of varietal expression that is a stylistic goal for this wine. To ensure freshness, part of the grapes were pressed was whole bunches, while the rest was destemmed and lightly crushed to increase complexity and depth. The juice was fermented in Burgundian French oak barrels of which around 20% were new. A small portion of tank fermented Chenin was added for the final blend, to enhance the fresh and mineral focus of the wine. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most versatile premium white grape, with unique qualities and flavours derived from this site. This Chenin Blanc has  genuine individuality, strength of character and a real sense of place as well as the potential to mature well for a further 3 – 5 years. This wine shows both the exuberance of the variety in its floral notes and its nobility in a compelling mineral acidity, naturally bestowed by its site. Balanced and poised, it provides just enough richness to please the palate and just the right amount of zing to refresh.  We firmly believe Chenin will begin to earn recognition as South Africa’s most premium white varietal - with the Perdeberg (Swartland) and the Helderberg (Stellenbosch) leading the way.