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Lourens Family Wines

2018

‘Skuinskap’

Steen   |   Piekenierskloof - South Africa

About

Franco was introduced to this 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 farm 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. Weekly battonage is implemented with the wine not seeing a racking until bottling. After 10 months in wood the wine is then racked to tank and bottled without fining and only a very coarse filtration.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vineyard: Sandell Vineyard - farmed by Ryno Kellerman
  • Vine Age: 41-years-old
  • Soil Type: Decomposed sandstone with rocky sandstone fragments intermixed with clay
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic – dry-farmed
  • Fermentation: Native – in 500L neutral French tonneau
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Aging: 10 months in neutral 500L French tonneau
  • pH: 3.1
  • Total Acidity: 6.7 g/L
  • Total SO2: 67 ppm
  • Total Production: 141 cases

Tasting Note

It has really intense but lithe on the nose, where fennel and peppermint infuse yellow stone fruit, all nicely defined. The palate is well balanced with a taut line of acidity and quite saline in the mouth; a touch of stem ginger and white pepper surfaces toward the persistent finish.

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