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Van Wyk Chenin Blanc 2021


About this Wine

The 2021 vintage of the Van Wyk Family Wines Chenin blanc is made up of two parcels of grapes, both sourced from granitic soils, but from different regions. The first (making up roughly 60%) is a stunning vineyard in Stellenbosch, which was planted in 1995. This 26-year-old vineyard delivers grapes with exceptional freshness and body with luscious tropical fruit concentration. The second parcel (contributing 40%) was from a block of old vines in the very hot region of Wellington, planted in 1968. These grapes were the find of the vintage, producing a
wine of precision and exceptional freshness. The grapes were hand-picked very early in the morning, transferred to the winery and whole bunch pressed. Following a rough settling overnight, the juice was transferred to 225L and 600L French oak barrels for alcoholic fermentation. The wine was matured for 8 months in these barrels (20% second-fill and the balance 4th – and 5th-fill) without undergoing malolactic fermentation. It underwent minimal fining and was only lightly filtered before making its way into bottle on 18 November 2021.

The nose shows yellow peach, orange-blossom, and pear flavours with floral and citrus undertones. The palate is textured with good body and a bright acidity that lingers into a long saline finish. This is an honest wine showing the typical characters of the variety, as well as the granitic soils where the grapes are grown. A limited quantity of only 2975 bottles were produced.

ALC 14.0%
RS 1.7 g/L
VA 0.45 g/L
pH 3.31
TA 6.1 g/L


Scores & Reviews

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Serious & complex 21 (93 pts) from Stellenbosch & Wellington vines, generous tropical-fruit depth gains breadth from 9 months in 10% new oak, mix of 225 & 600L formats. Finishes long & savoury.

90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Justin van Wyk combines raw material from Stellenbosch and Wellington to produce this toasty, cinnamon spicy Chenin Blanc. Rich, layered and waxy, with good structure, citrus and yellow apple flavours and ample minerality on the finish. 2022-26

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