Chenin Blanc – Queen Sekhothali Mabhena


Type – White
Body – Medium
Taste – Fragrant

Aromatic and intense the wine has delightful flavours of rose petals, litchi and Turkish delight. The wine has a full palate that is carried by a fresh acidity and lingering creamy finish.
These 35-year-old vineyards present a visual anomaly. Gnarled and far from aesthetic, they produce the tiniest berries with astonishing aromatic concentration. Southwest facing with one of the most extreme slopes on the farm, the wines enjoy the wintry exhalation of the Atlantic Ocean less than a stone’s throw away.


The wine is made from unirrigated 39 year old Chenin vines planted in 1981. The vines are South West to West facing and are grown in decomposed granite soils high up on the farm at 300m above sea level.
The grapes were whole bunched pressed and cold settled overnight, after which the juice was racked to barrel and a concrete egg for fermentation. Regular lees stirring was done for the first three months to add extra palate weight and creaminess to the wine. The wine remained on the gross lees for 9 months before being racked and blended for bottling with the final blend having 10% concrete egg, 10% new 500L French Oak, 20% second fill and 60% in third and fourth fill barrels.

Technical Analysis
Winemaker – Hagen Viljoen
Main Variety – Chenin Blanc
Alcohol – 13.34 %vol
pH – 3.41
RS – 2.7 g/l
Total Acid – 5.5 g/l
Appellation – Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes
A clear and bright wine with hints of lime and gold. The nose has aromas of apricot, yellow peach and quince that follows through onto the palate with undertones of pineapple and citrus. The creamy texture of the palate is supported by subtle oak flavours and a minerality that is underpinned with bright and juicy acidity.
This wine is vegetarian and vegan. Closure with a cork and wax covering

Ageing Potential
Chenin is a wine that develops and deepens both in color and aroma over time. As such it rewards extra complexity with age, while offering up-front fruit and freshness in its youth.

Blend Information
100% Chenin Blanc

Food Suggestions
Delectable with fish and shellfish, poultry and dishes with creamy sauces. A versatile wine so make your own best pairing.


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