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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2020

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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2020

There's usually only around 1000 cases of the estate's top Chenin - always one of the best in the Cape. Concentrated, quite oaky (1/3 new barrels, 1/3 first fill, 1/3 second), but delivering broad flavours of stone fruit , nuts; and... Read More

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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2020

ColourWhite

RegionCederberg

GrowerCederberg

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2020

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED520

Style

Dry, Rich

Dry > Sweet

Cederberg

South Africa

The redoubtable David Nieuwoudt took over the Cederberg estate from his father in 1997.

We first visited David in 2003, when he was in the midst of his planting programme, and have worked with him ever since then.

The Cederberg vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains, most of them on dramatic shale slopes. Good natural rainfall,...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2020

There's usually only around 1000 cases of the estate's top Chenin - always one of the best in the Cape. Concentrated, quite oaky (1/3 new barrels, 1/3 first fill, 1/3 second), but delivering broad flavours of stone fruit , nuts; and plenty of weight. Now-2024

This is made by David Nieuwoudt, who took over the amazing Cederberg estate from his father in 1997. The vineyards here are the highest in the Cape,at 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains. Good natural rainfall, around 550-600mm, cool temperatures (occasionally snow-showers in winter), with plenty of wind, mean that Cederberg enjoys a near perfect climate, in particular a long ripening period. The whites are mountain-fresh, with plentiful natural acidity.

Not content with the efforts he has made at Cederberg - for example the new plantings into the hard shale slopes - he has also bought land in windswept Elim in the far south of the country on slate and granitic soils. He has branded his wines from there Ghost Corner, the name sailors used to give to nearby Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa.

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