#306 Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Chenin Blanc 2022


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First Among Equals

If you know anything about the Anthonij Rupert winemaking and viticultural team, then you will noticed they are always embarking on crazy pioneering projects; whether it be uprooting an entire vineyard of old vines in the Swartland, and replanting the entire thing into the Franschhoek Valley, or simply being the first ones to import, plant and vinify a new clone of Chenin Blanc into one of the highest lying Chenin Blanc vineyards in the Swartland.
In this video, we spend a little bit of time looking into the relatively recent arrival of Chenin Blanc Clone 880, and we also continue our “swartland slice-up” where we look in a little more detail at the ward of the Riebeeksrivier, and it’s neighbouring ward, Riebeeksburg. We also get to grips with the delightful Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Chenin Blanc 2022.
Now, if you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you’ll have to hunt this wine down in your own time. But until then, here are my tasting notes and some technical specs:


👃🏼 The nose is delightfully generous  with a mix of salted bread dough, nectarine, white peach, apricot and nutmeg spice.
👄 The palate is quite generous, with intense candied peach fruit, and a touch of caramelised pear fruit. The concentration really is quite lovely, and the fruit manages to be very ripe, without being cloying on the palate. Then, on the tail, there is a delightfully gentle hint of that nutmeg that we smelt upfront, which keeps one interested well into the tail.


Wine of Origin Riebeeksrivier, in the Swartland. The fruit is sourced from vines planted on a South-facing slope at altitudes between 320 – 400m ASL on Riebeeksrivier farm in the Swartland. The soils are mostly made up of clay shales, with some additional sandy shale on the western half of the vineyard blocks. The fruit is sourced from two blocks, and 85% of that fruit was harvested from bush vines planted in 1988. These older vines produce small compact bunches, and very concentrated juice, whereas the newer vineyards (planted with the French clone 880) produce large berries and even larger bunches!
The old vine fruit is fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels (where 11% of those barrels are made from new oak). The younger fruit parcels are fermented in larger oak foudre. The wine is matured for 12 months in oak.
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