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David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2021

David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2017

About this Wine

All grapes were hand picked from two vineyards of bushvines planted in the 1960’s, pressed whole bunch and then fermented with natural yeast in older French oak barrels.  Sulphured after primary fermentation to prevent MLF, followed by 12 months maturation on the lees.

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”

Welcoming the exquisite David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2021 — a wine that is a living expression of its vibrant homeland, the Western Cape. The 2021 vintage is particularly celebrated for its remarkable balance and vibrant intensity, the result of a year that provided ideal growing conditions, allowing the Chenin Blanc grapes to develop and mature into perfection.

Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2021 is meticulously crafted to encapsulate the spirit of the South African terrains, highlighting the varietal’s characteristic brightness and complexity. This wine is a lively symphony of flavors, poised to offer an unforgettable tasting experience for those who seek the unique and delightful expressions of world-class Chenin Blanc.

Tasting Notes

Pouring a glass reveals a radiant, straw-yellow wine, brilliant and inviting in its clarity. The nose is greeted with an aromatic bouquet of fresh apples, ripe pears, and hints of tropical fruits, subtly accompanied by whispers of honey and delicate florals.

Tasting this Chenin Blanc, you will encounter a delightful palate of crisp acidity balancing beautifully with the wine’s inherent fruitiness. Notes of citrus, green apple, and stone fruits unfold in each sip, framed by a mineral undertone that adds depth and structure to the wine. The finish is long, refreshing, and impeccably clean, making this wine a fantastic companion to a variety of dishes, including seafood, poultry, and light salads.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc.
  • Vineyard Location: The grapes are harvested from specific vineyards in the Western Cape known for soils and climate that are ideal for producing premium Chenin Blanc.
  • Vineyard Practices: Managed with sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices to preserve the integrity of the land and the quality of the grapes.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are picked by hand at the peak of ripeness in the cool dawn hours to maintain their freshness and vibrant character.
  • Fermentation: The wine undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures to preserve the grape’s delicate flavors and aromas.
  • Aging Process: Aged briefly in the tank and then in the bottle to maintain its freshness while allowing the wine’s profile to integrate and harmonize.
  • Alcohol Content: Well-balanced at around 13% to 13.5%, providing a smooth and accessible drinking experience.
  • Bottling: Conducted with precision to ensure that the wine’s delightful array of flavors and aromas are captured from vineyard to glass.

Scores & Reviews

Technical Analysis:

All grapes were hand picked from two vineyards of bushvines planted in the 1960’s, pressed whole bunch and then fermented with natural yeast in older French oak barrels.  Sulphured after primary fermentation to prevent MLF, followed by 12 months maturation on the lees.

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”

Welcoming the exquisite David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2021 — a wine that is a living expression of its vibrant homeland, the Western Cape. The 2021 vintage is particularly celebrated for its remarkable balance and vibrant intensity, the result of a year that provided ideal growing conditions, allowing the Chenin Blanc grapes to develop and mature into perfection.

Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2021 is meticulously crafted to encapsulate the spirit of the South African terrains, highlighting the varietal’s characteristic brightness and complexity. This wine is a lively symphony of flavors, poised to offer an unforgettable tasting experience for those who seek the unique and delightful expressions of world-class Chenin Blanc.

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Wild yeast-fermented in barrel, 21 (94 pts) from 1960’s vines is nuanced & stately, with sumptuous stonefruit, lees minerality & creaminess. Rounded & polished by year in older-oak.

Tim Atkin MW 2022

David Finlayson uses bush vine Chenin Blanc blocks planted in the 1960s and 1970s to mak this naturally fermented, old oak-matured white. Rich and textured, with pear and nectarine flavours, medium-body and a finish that’s driven by acidity and minerality. 2023-28

90 points James Suckling Dec 2022

Notes of fennel, apples and ripe lemons with hints of acacia. Medium- to full-bodied with crisp acidity and a round texture. Shows freshness and richness at the same time. Floral finish. Sustainable. Drink now. Screw cap.