2021 Olifantsberg Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Olifantsberg Family Vineyards is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, in the middle of the South African wine region Breedekloof. This small five-hectare winery has been owned by the Dutch Leeuwerik family since 2003. The Olifantsberg vineyards are located on the slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains. Thanks to the high location and the almost constant 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 and vineyard expert Elizma Visser lets nature do its work. After crushing the grapes, a traditional skin soaking follows and the grapes are fermented. After this they are aged in oak barrels of which about one third are renewed annually. The Olifantsberg wines are therefore perfectly balanced with beautifully dosed oak in smell and taste.
This white wine from Olifantsberg is a great pure 100% Chenin Blanc. This wine is made in collaboration with farmers who share the love for Chenin from the Breede Gorge. Paul Leeuwerik went looking for farmers in the Breedekloof who have very old Chenin Blanc vines and after careful research, a number of old vineyards located on the slate terroirs were selected with which the beautiful and above all very pure Chenin Blanc is produced. Natural fermentation was carried out in a combination of 2000L Foudres, used barrels where the wine Sur Lie (i.e. on its own lees) was allowed to mature for a period of 9 months. From the 2021 vintage, Elizma Visser (the winemaker) only works with grapes from old stokkne, hence the addition of Old Vine in the title
The Chenin blanc Old Vine Vatgegis from Olifantsberg has a light yellow color with a hint of green. The Chenin Blanc has a wonderfully fresh nose of lime, grapefruit and mango. On the palate, this white wine from Olifantsberg has a wonderfully juicy, fresh-dry taste of citrus fruit. The wine is medium bodied and is easy to drink, but can also be cellared for a few more years and will become even more beautiful with some aging. As far as we are concerned, one of the most beautiful Chenin blancs in the price range and incomparable to the mass-produced Chenin's and as Platter says: " ageworthy"
De Grote Hamersma: 9-/10
Chenin blanc with weight. Can you expect anything from a domain with such a name. Sourced from old bush vines. Fermented on large wood (2000 liter foeders). Sur lie aged in French oak. Stuffing, stuffing, stuffing but without getting heavy. Ripe apple, pear and sweet grapefruit. Honey splash on peach in cream, a caramel edge and delicate chenin acids. Definitely not a gray mouse.
Press wine: Chenin Blanc 2017, 16 pts
Honey and peach, ripe apple, yellow plum | Structure, depth, elegant and juicy, nice acidity, youthful.
Platter's: Chenin Blanc 2015, ****
Widely sourced fruit melds into subtle, supple whole. 2015 tropical notes gain earthy, spicy nuances from native ferment in large old oak. Elegantly understated, age-worthy.
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|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Light, Lightly sweet, Tense, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag|