Gabrielskloof, `Elodie` Chenin Blanc 2020
Sumptuous and textural, with racy acidity matching fruit intensity and honeyed texture.
The Gabriëlskloof wines are made by Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum fame, with fruit sourced from vineyards around the Swartland and Walker Bay. South Africa has some amazing old vine Chenin Blanc vineyards, which are particularly rare outside of France. Elodie is a sumptuous and textural Chenin, with classic racy acidity balancing out its fruit intensity and honeyed texture. Simply delicious.
Region/Country: Swartland, South Africa
Grape/s: Chenin Blanc
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Wild yeast fermentation in large French oak barrels followed by 9 months maturation prior to bottling
Style: Aromatic and powerfully fruited wine with great freshness
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, white meats and poultry dishes
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Profile: Chenin Blanc is one of the great white varieties, responsible for many of the outstanding, long-lived wines of the Loire Valley. Chenin has naturally high acidity, and a range of honeyed citrus and orchard fruit flavours. It is produced in a wide range of styles, from dry and austere, to firm and powerful, through to lusciously sweet due to botrytis. Most Chenin is produced simialr to top quality German whites, with fermentation in stainless steel or large old oak, no oak ageing and no malolactic fermentation. It is also the major variety for Loire Valley sparkling wines.
Classic Regions: Savennières, Quarts de Chaume, Vouvray (France), South Africa
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future. These are superb wines made by Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum.