2018 Olifantsberg Blanc
Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the middle of South Africa's Breedekloof wine region. This small, five-hectare wine estate has been owned by the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The vineyards of Olifantsberg lie on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high altitude and the almost constantly blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate. Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard is worked with respect for nature. The vines are fertilized organically and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are taken to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Jacques de Plessis lets nature do its work. After crushing the grapes, a traditional soaking of skins follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels on its own lees, about a third of which is renewed annually. The wines of Olifantsberg are therefore perfectly balanced with beautiful, very dosed oak in aroma and taste.
This Estate white wine from the Olifantsberg winery is a blend of the most recently planted vineyards. The Olifantsberg estate contains almost exclusively grape varieties such as those found in the northern and southern Rhône. The wine consists of Chardonnay 59%, Roussanne 23%, Grenache blanc 9% and Chenin blanc 9% The Olifantsberg Blanc is naturally fermented on its own yeasts in 500L and 300L g oak barrels and matured on its own lees (sur lie) for 10 months. It should come as no surprise that this white wine has Rhône-like features, but here too the slate terroir gives the white wine just that little bit of extra minerality.
In the glass, this Olifantsberg Blanc is bright yellow in color and the aromas contain mainly white flowers, a bit nutty and just a pinch of wood. In the mouth the wine is harmonious, slightly spicy and mineral. Nice tannins and a pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. This white is an absolute must and is a very nice glass of wine for the price. The Olifantsberg Blanc is a wine that will become even more beautiful with aging.
5 stars in Platter; 95 Atkinson points
Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the heart of the Breedekloof wine region in South Africa. This small, 5 hectare winery has been in the hands of the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards lie on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high altitude and the almost constant blowing wind, there is a cool microclimate.
Ideal conditions for the production of top quality grapes! The vineyard works with respect for nature. The vines are organically fertilized and the yield in the vineyard is deliberately kept low. All this with the aim of harvesting optimally ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes of high quality. After the manual harvest, these grapes are brought to the newly built vinification cellar. Here too, winemaker Elizma Visser lets nature do its job. After crushing the grapes, a traditional peel maceration follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels, of which approximately one third is renewed annually. The Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in aroma and taste.
The fact that we are talking about a great winery here is evident from the fact that their wines receive very favorable reviews. The Silhouette won gold in 2015 at the most prestigious wine competition in South Africa, namely The OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW and won the 1st prize for Best Shiraz-based blend and received no less than 94/100 points. This is very special for a young winery such as Olifantsberg. In addition to the focus on quality, low yields and passion, it certainly plays a role that these wines receive these high ratings. In contrast to, for example, Stellenbosch, which is on the other side of the gorge, this is the Breedekloof an almost Priorat-like terroir with a lot of slate. This explains the beautiful mineral tones in the Olifantsberg wines.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Roussane|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Floral, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|