Donatus White



Vintage: 2018

Origin: Stellenbosch

Varieties: Chenin Blanc (81%), Semillon (19%)


The idea behind this blend is to bring together the opulence and complexity of Chenin Blanc with the freshness and rich mouth feel of Semillon.

Tasting Notes:
The nose is bursting with aromas of white flowers, crisp pears and stone fruit. The palate is elegant and delicate, with flavours of grapefruit, minerals, peaches and honey. The wine has a terrific mouth-feel and a fine minerality on the finish. There is a lovely underlying freshness to this wine.

Vintage Conditions:
We source Chenin Blanc from old bushvine vineyards in Stellenbosch with a “koffee-klip” soil, offering minerality and finesse to the blend. We blend the Chenin Blanc with Semillon from our Dornier property, where the soil is quite cool, offering freshness to the blend. The wines from this vintage are fresh and bright, but still show an underlying complexity.

Fermentation and Ageing:
We receive the fruit within the early hours of the morning while they are still cool from the previous night. The bunches are sorted by hand and pressed whole bunch, allowing for a low extraction of juice. The parcels of fruit are fermented separately in 300L French Oak barrels, of which 25% is new. The wine spends 10 months ageing on the lees in barrel, which gives great mouth-feel and richness to the wine.

Food Pairing:
Being a full flavoured wooded wine, seafood dishes with richness and weight such will complement this wine. Think lobster, prawn risotto, clams, Yellow Tail. It will also work well with pork belly, Thai curries and roasted aubergine dishes.


Tasting Notes