Dewaldt Heyns, Chenin Blanc ‘Weathered Hands’ 2020

£23.00 (75cl)

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Sourced from 40-year-old dry-land bush vine Chenin Blanc, grown on deep weathered granite soils with coarse gravel. Grapes whole bunch pressed. Fermentation initiated in tanks; 50% inoculated with selected yeast and the balance allowed to ferment naturally. Once fermentation started, the must was transferred to a selection of 500L French oak barrels, of which 60% were new and 40% second fill. The fermentation temperature was controlled and kept below 18°C. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was left on the lees for 9 months. Malolactic fermentation was avoided. Racked and kept on its fine lees for an additional 7 months after spending a total of 16 months in barrel.

Tasting note

This wine has a light straw colour and flavours of honey, pear, apricot and delicate floral notes. It has a rich, silky palate with subtle spice and yellow fruit flavours, light oak and a balanced fresh finish.

About the producer

Dewaldt Heyns, one of the most talented South African winemakers, has achieved his lifelong dream of making wines from the tiny parcel of ancient vines in his father’s 1.1ha vineyards in Paardeberg Valley, Swartland. Inspired by his time spent learning his craft in the Rhône, it is clear to see its ‘Old World’ influence on his wines, especially his Shiraz ‘Weathered Hands’. After graduating from Elsenburg, he began work at Rust en Vrede with Kevin Arnold who, he says, played a significant role in the way he regards wine. Then followed a period at the newly established Avondale, where he made their maiden vintage, before he joined Saronsberg at its inception in 2003.