Olifantsberg The Lark Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2017

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Olifantsberg The Lark Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2017

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Chenin Blanc 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Olifantsberg

Tasting notes - Clean cut freshness with good balance of fresh stone fruit and bright citrus notes on a fleshy textured palate and engaging length. Elegant and refined. 

Awards
Silver, IWC, 2019
93 pts, Tim Atkin, 2018

 

Olifantsberg The Lark Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2017

An elegant and refined style of Chenin Blanc, showing
good balance of fresh stone fruit and honied citrus and
pineapple notes on a fleshy palate through to a long
finish.


Producer Note
Olifantsberg is passionate about producing authentic wines with a true sense of
place, which reflect the unique location of their vineyard. The focus is on sustainable
farming and winemaking practices, resulting in limited intervention in the both the
vineyard and cellar. The team are fully committed to understanding their terroir and
managing their natural resources through conservation, which adds to the
singularity of their wines. The unique terroir with its combination of Breede-shale,
Renosterveld and sandstone soils, constant winds and elevation, produces
concentrated fruit that results in elegant, fresh and age-worthy wines.


Vintage
The Breedekloof region experienced one of its driest growth and ripening periods
ever in 2017. Some cooler weather during the ripening period helped to produce fruit
with excellent balance. It continued into the harvest forming the perfect combination
for an exceptional quality harvest, with very healthy vines and smaller berries with
good flavour and colour concentration.


Vineyard
The grapes come from a 0.6 hectare vineyard located on the fertile slopes of the
Olifantsberg Mountain Range where they endure large diurnal temperature
differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250 to 450 metres above sea level.
During the winter the mountain peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant
for longer. Strong, constant winds characterise this block; they have a cooling effect
and encourage a slow, gradual ripening of the grapes, helping to maintain healthy
vines and contribute freshness and elegance to the wines. The soil in the vineyard is
made up of sandstone with clay-shale and quartz. The vineyard is farmed in a
sustainable manner, with only 'green' products used to prevent disease, thus helping
to maintain the biodiversity within the vineyards and soils. Supplementary drip
irrigation sustains the soil moisture which is monitored by soil moisture probes. The
vines are VSP trained and are hand-harvested early in the morning to retain
freshness. The lark is found in many biomes in South Africa, each with distinct call
and features depending on the biome. This wine is named after the Red Capped
Lark which is found on the Olifantsberg farm. The lark resonates with this block of
Chenin Blanc, as it too has its own expression and story to tell.


Winemaking
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to ensure elegant extraction. Fermentation
took place with natural yeasts in a combination of 500 litre French oak barrels, (10%
new), and Hungarian oak barrels (10% new). A proportion of the wine was also
fermented in large French oak foudres of 2,000 litres. The wine was aged for 10
months on the lees which contributed to the richness and texture of the wine.


TastingNote
Clean cut freshness with good balance of fresh stone fruit and bright citrus notes on
a fleshy textured palate and engaging length. Elegant and refined.


Grape
Chenin Blanc 100%

Awards
Silver, IWC, 2019
93 pts, Tim Atkin, 2018

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