Franco was introduced to this single-vineyard Chenin Blanc site through his good friend John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters. John pulls a bit of fruit from this vineyard, farmed by Ryno Kellerman, for his white blend as well as Sauvignon Blanc for a varietal wine. It is a truly special vineyard planted in 1977 on sandstone soils at 2,500 feet in elevation in the far northern reaches past Swartland and into the Citrusdal Mountains. The vineyard is organically, dry-farmed and is trellised on a ‘skuinskap’ system pictured on the label, that is far more common with table grapes than Vinifera ones. It really is a special expression of this grape with finesse yet plenty of power.
The grapes were handpicked and hand sorted at the winery. Then the bunches are left intact and whole-bunch pressed and after a very light settling racked to older French barriques where the wine ferments on lees. Previous vintages were stirred; there was no battonage this year. After 10 months in wood the wine is then racked to tank and bottled without fining and only a very coarse filtration and small sulfur addition.