The Liberator, The Francophile Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2021
From parcels selected from two growing sites, namely the Bottelary Hills and the Simonsberg mountains. In collaboration with Carl van der Merwe & the de Morgenzon estate.,Wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness. Without recourse to any malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was aged on its lees, prior to being bottled.
A wine that is designed to demonstrate what can be achieved with a little bit of care and attention in both the vineyard and the cellar. It might well remain South Africa’s most widely planted grape variety, but it’s a fact that should be celebrated and not dismissed.
The Francophile Chenin Blanc is delicious on release, but could be expected to evolve and gain additional complexity over the next two to three years.
Grapes: 100% Syrah