The splendid array of, especially, certified heritage block chenins gives the clue to the aim of this brand. It was established by the Burgers of Roodekrantz farm and the Morkels of Diemerskraal, to channel rare old-vine fruit from large commercial blends into a range of premium wines, thereby adding value for the grower and discouraging grubbing up. The grapes are widely sourced, and vinified by Danie Morkel in a boutique cellar on Diemerskraal, north of Wellington - with two newcomers this year.
From 1975 Agter Paarl chenin bushvines on weathered shale. Intense & lovely 2020, but not overtly fruity, aromas. Penetrating, stoney mineral acidity & a sweet, peachy core give elegance & charm, & the greatest complexity of this range of fine chenins.
Bottled 2020 shows better than last year, especially given air, but still needs time. Earthy aromatic element with pear & stonefruit, some restrained richness from a little sugar. Like previous & next 3, previewed last edition & now bottled.
Off Swartland decomposed granite, vines planted 1968. Stony savouriness & salty tang on now-bottled 2020, with a bright & grippy fresh elegance & a subtle intricacy of flavour. Old oak ferment & maturation, as all this range unless noted.