Origin: Western Cape
Varieties: Chenin Blanc
In a time of seafaring and spice, pirates played in Table Bay…
Among them was Long Ben – as fierce as he was tall,
he looted and pillaged and scavenged from all.
Ben fast became known for being up to no good,
and so fled from the seas and gave up his loot.
He planted some vines, as was the way,
and peered out towards the ocean almost every day.
Long Ben would have gazed longingly at the vista of Table Bay
from where our vines grow today, on Cocoa Hill.
Cocoa Hill Chenin Blanc is a delectably chic version of what used to be South Africa’s Cinderella variety. The vines grow in the decomposed red granite soils of Cocoa Hill – a hilltop in the folds of the Stellenbosch Mountain, supremely positioned in prime South African terroir.
Being a truly versatile variety and lending itself very well to many different styles, we have aimed at making a fresh and primary fruit driven approach. Flavours of white peach, pear and golden delicious apples dominate the nose. The palate is vibrant with a soft acidity, leaving one with a concentrated aftertaste.
2020 was an excellent vintage for many producers in Stellenbosch. The winter and the ripening season was cooler than the previous three vintages. This led to grapes ripening at lower sugar levels with higher natural acidities. The lower temperatures also preserved the more delicate flavor components in the Chenin Blanc during the ripening period.
Fermentation and Ageing:
This wine is made with grapes from two Chenin Blanc vineyards on the Dornier farm. Each batch was individually fermented in stainless steel for approximately 14 days at low temperatures. Flavour and style specific yeast were used in order to obtain the desired fruit- and aroma characteristics.
Being a wine with vibrant fruit it will pair well with fresh salads, light pasta dishes and grilled seafood, such as line fish and will accompany calamari and scallops very well.