Celebrate #DrinkChenin Day With Welgegund Heritage Wines 2019 Chenin Blanc
The 8th annual International #DrinkChenin Day is taking place on Friday 18th June 2021 – a special day to celebrate all there is to love about this popular and versatile white wine. Welgegund Heritage Wines invite you to celebrate the Old Vines of the Cape as you explore the delights of their 2019 Chenin Blanc. A beautifully packaged barrel fermented limited release, it is produced from a low-yielding 47-year-old ancient dryland vineyard that proudly bears the Old Vine Project Heritage Certification Seal – a World First!
The quality and concentration of the fruit is testament to the character of these magnificent old vines and the estate’s unique fingerprint of terroir and climate. The stature of the wine is reflected in the 2019 Chenin’s distinctive new packaging which is minimalist yet compelling with strong visual appeal – bold numbered imported bottles with simple and elegant wrap-round labels, crowned with striking sunflower yellow wax seals.
WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES CHENIN BLANC 2019
Winemaker’s Notes by Friedrich Kühne
“2019 was an exemplary vintage, one of the best in many years, with extremely low yields of small berries bringing intense concentration to the wines, with a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. The small 2019 volumes allowed for a more traditional artisanal approach to winemaking which has resulted in increased quality.
The Chenin Blanc grapes, from a dryland ancient vineyard planted in 1974, were harvested by hand at 22,5° B in the early morning to obtain the best quality fruit possible. The grapes were pre-cooled for 18-24 hours to prevent oxidation when working with the must, then whole bunch pressed, settled, and fermented in a combination of 500L barrels (natural ferment) and stainless-steel tanks.
Fermentation was partly natural, with different yeasts added for the desired complexity. 33% of the wine was aged in 2nd fill 500L French oak barrels for 14 months.”
Clear medium lemon in colour, the nose shows beautiful layers of candied citrus, lime and lemon, ripe pear, quince, fresh peach, and honeysuckle. The palate is soft and elegant with flavours of star fruit, honeydew melons and lime, and finishes with a salty minerality and a touch of nuttiness.
Serve with roast duck confit and orange sauce. Also delicious with crayfish, langoustines, sushi and line fish carpaccio or gnocchi with green peas and almonds. The wine will also complement a citrus tart or nutty nougat.
Only 1801 individually numbered bottles have been produced.
Gold Medal at the 2020 Veritas Awards.
Welgegund Heritage Wines Chenin Blanc 2019 is only available from the estate and their website’s online shop for R287,50 per bottle (VAT inclusive). To shop go to https://welgegund.co.za/wines/
A VISIT TO WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Hawequa mountains at the end of an oak-lined cul-de-sac in Wellington, lies a hidden treasure, Welgegund Heritage Wines. Welgegund means ‘well-bestowed’ and you don’t have to venture far to experience the fruits of its blessings. Wine and olive tastings showcasing the intense deliciousness of this estate’s produce can be enjoyed by appointment only. Take the time and make an appointment. It’s well worth it!
Welgegund Wine Farm, 119 Berg Street, Wellington, South Africa