Breedekloof launches Chenin Blanc Initiative
Over the years the Breedekloof Wine Valley has established itself as an area for slow ripening vines. Key to this is the late bud break and long hanging time on the vines. The geography, climate, mountains, rivers and varied geology all contribute to a unique winemaking potential, essentially establishing the area as perfect for producing Chenin Blanc.
Chenin Blanc represents 18% of all South Africa’s vineyards and the Breedekloof Wine Valley has 15% of all Chenin Blanc plantings and supplies 21% or one-fifth of all the wine made from Chenin in South Africa.
The varietal has found its true home in this region, with deep alluvial soils containing smooth river pebbles, which is ideally suited to Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc is probably the world’s most versatile variety, ideally suited to many wine styles. This has prompted the Breedekloof winemakers to produce small quantities of Chenin Blanc using innovative winemaking methods and expressing terroirs, especially old vineyards, which has resulted in the Breedekloof Chenin Blanc Initiative.
Nine wineries, all members of the Breedekloof Wine Route, form part of this exciting collaboration, and have all launched a 2014 vintage into the market:
- Bergsig Estate: Chenin Blanc Reserve
- Botha Cellar: Barrel Fermented Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
- Breeland: Chenin Blanc
- Deetlefs Estate: Reserve Chenin Blanc
- Goudini Wines: Mirabilis Regis-filia Chenin Blanc
- Lateganskop: Zahir Chenin Blanc
- Merwida: Chenin Blanc
- Opstal Estate: Carl Everson Chenin Blanc
- uniWines Vineyards: Daschbosch Steen