Tasting Notes: All grapes were hand-picked from two gnarly bush-vine vineyards, planted in back in the 1960’s. The beauty of old vines is that they have deep root systems and hardly seem to be affected by the previous 4 year drought. Grapes were whole bunch pressed and then fermented with wild yeast in older French oak barrels. Lightly sulfured after primary fermentation to prevent MLF, followed by 12 months maturation on the lees. The wine has an unmistakable minerality and the salty, umami flavor on the palate that can only be found when vines have struggled for decades to make their mark in the soil.
Winemaker: David Finlayson
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Cellar: The wine was made with the absolute minimum intervention and to allow the old vines to express the true flavours of the site and variety with as gentle a human touch as possible.
The wine has an unmistakable minerality and the salty, Umami flavour on the palate that can only be found when vines have struggled for decades to make their mark in the soil. This wine signifies something truly special to me as a winemaker and is part of my journey in life and wine in South Africa, hence the name, Camino Africana, “The African Way”
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94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
David Finlayson uses old fruit from two old bush vine Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch, planted in 1947 and 1961, to make this nuanced, complex white. Eschewing malolatic to retain focus, it’s leesy, intense and poised, with some stony grip, thatch and citrus aromas and a long, waxy finish. 2021-27