Charla’s Chenin Blanc comes from the low yielding bush vines of the Sijnn vineyard in Malgas. This vintage, 2021, was a vibrant year for acidity, leading to ‘laser beam’ wines. Between 2015 and 2020, there was very little rainfall in Malgas, reaching a low of about 200 mm (7.8 inches) of rain between 2018-2019. The vines, which are grown on what Charla calls ‘unimaginable,’ poor, rocky soils, have immense root systems as they had to seek out water and nutrients very deep within the ground during these drought years.
The grapes were hand picked and brought to the Sijnn cellar for processing. An old basket press was used to press the clusters (100% whole-bunch) before the juice went to old 400L French oak barrels for spontaneous fermentation. The wine remained there for 11 months before it was hand bottled, unfined and unfiltered. The only addition was minimal sulfur.