DELHEIM Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment


100% Chenin Blanc


Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vineyard / Estate / Viticulture:
– Soil Type:
– Special Vintage Info: 2018 harvest was a classic vintage, with all the Chenin Blanc blocks performing well. The grapes had reached phenolic ripeness and portray all the hallmarks of the classic Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc.
Vinification / Winemaking:
– How grapes were handled: Fruit from the two blocks were treated differently in the cellar, with the Bobbejaan being whole bunch pressed white the Ou Jong Steen’s grapes were de-stemmed and crushed.
– Fermentation / Yeast Type / Vessel: Juice yielded was allowed to settle before it was racked into 500 litre barrels, where indigenous yeast played a huge role in contributing to the profile of this wine.
– Fermentation Management: After maturation, the wine was racked off its primary lees and clarified by means of settling resulting in a wine that is not altered before botting in order to contain the most aromatic compound in the wine that would have been lost due to such an action otherwise.
– Reasons for this choice:
– Ageing – barrels / size / time:
Technical Analysis:
– Residual Sugar (g/l): 1.9 g/l
– Alcohol: 13.5%
– pH: 3.29
– Total Acidity 6.90 g/l
Tasting Notes:
A complex array of wine fermentation characteristics are ever present in this edition of the Delheim Wild Ferment. Dominant fragrances of stone fruits and orange peel hold together by a subtle hint of caramel. Vibrant fruit with plentiful mouth feel and a lasting finish are in harmony on the palate. A truly beautiful display of sublime vineyards, minimal intervention wine-making and mother-nature.