Chenin Blanc 2019/2020, Botanica, WO Citrusdal Mountain
Complex and elegant, with layers of pure, concentrated pear, citrus and stone fruit avors, mouth-watering acidity and a tangy, mineral core.
Botanica Wines was founded in 2009 by owner and self-taught winemaker Ginny Povall, an intrepid American who fell in love with the beautiful Cape winelands, purchased Protea Heights farm in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley and relocated to the southern tip of Africa in 2008. Established in the late 1940s, Protea Heights was the first farm in South Africa to cultivate indigenous protea flowers commercially. Inspired by this hortizcultural history, it was only natural that Ginny would choose to develop her wine brands and labels with a botanical flair.
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at optimum ripeness, hand sorted, crushed and destemmed. The juice was immediately pressed and cold settled for 2 days at 10 °C. Half was spontaneously fermented in stainless steel tanks and half was spontaneously fermented in 4th ll 400 litre French oak barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the ne lees in tank barrel for 6 months before blending and bottling. No malolactic fermentation.