Skaliekop Chenin Blanc 2019


På Paardeberg ligger en lille bakke af skiffer
og her er vokser denne enkeltmarks Chenin 
Kaprifolie, syrlig pære, hvid pepper


Skaliekop 2019 (vi har den også i årgang 2020)

These vines were planted in 1985 in very shallow shale soils in the Paardeberg, being an anomaly as the mountain is granite driven. These soils prove why our region is known for wheat farms as it remains a difficult soil for vineyards in a warm region, dryland farm context. A small tractor road divides the Plat’bos and Skaliekop vineyards. Skaliekop is harvested at the end of January, early February over four picking dates. The wines of the different pickings were aged seperately, before blending and then bottling at the end of the year. This is the first vintage qualifying for the Certified Heritage Vineyards (CHV) seal and forms part of the Old Vine Project.

“From a vineyard on Paardeberg property Paardebosch planted in 1985 on shale. Potpourri, blossom, white and yellow fruit plus a little white pepper on the nose. The palate has excellent fruit density matched by bright acidity, the finish long and dry. Great focus and flavour intensity. Alcohol: 13%.” 97/100

Single vineyard planted in 1985 on brown shale soils with a north west facing aspect. Picked in the last week of January over two or three passes through the vineyard. Instantly taut, restrained and mineral driven with gravel, green apple pastille, crunchy pear and dry bush veld spice nuances. Palate shows a sleek texture, fabulous intensity and balance, fresh electric acids, salinity and an impressively long, white peach and pear purée finish. Nice coiled tension and eminently age worthy without any doubt.  Wine Safari Score: 95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW

Total production: 2 010 bottles

pH: 3.38
RS: 2.7 g/L
Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 5.7 g/L
Yield: 5.2 t/ha
TSO2: 108 mg/L