92 Insider Points
The Reserve Chenin Blanc from Pulpit Rock is a wonderful example of Chenin from this region, showing guava, mango and lemon honey on the nose and a bright citrus acidity on the palate. The Reserve level here spends some time in french oak, imparting vanilla, clove and floral notes, along with a hint of smoke and a creamy texture. We’re offering this one at a killer price, truly a steal for what’s in the bottle. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Oct 2016
Swartland, South Africa
100% Chenin Blanc
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
There is so much excitement surrounding this brand new release! A rare boisterous beauty and direct import that our Tasting Panel is raving over: “a full-bodied 100% Chenin that is the perfect option to stock up on for your gatherings!”
If you haven’t had a taste of Swartland yet, this introduction is sure to amaze you. A complex, cutting-edge vintage from a rich, fruit-driven region. The same region that claims Chenin Blanc as its most important white variety. We are most impressed with how this beauty breaks the old-school rules that look outward for inspiration. Instead, it is a complete look at Swartland’s own soil. Its own terroir. Its own identity. Highlighting what makes Chenin Blanc a real South African legend that can’t - and definitely shouldn’t - be ignored with its elegance and rich texture wrapped in delectable fresh fruit.
The West Coast region of the Western Cape is well known for its full-bodied, palate-friendly wines, and Pulpit Rock is no exception. The estate’s grapes are meticulously selected and harvested fully ripe to achieve optimum quality, including good structure and prominent fruit. A combination of the latest equipment and traditional techniques are used to create world-class wines.
Reasons why we love it:
According to Wine Enthusiast, “when producing almost everything, it’s difficult to be top-of-mind for anything. But it also makes the country prime for discovery, with countless opportunities to wow people with the underappreciated quality and value.” And that is exactly how this vintage performs as “South African Chenin Blanc is having a moment of reinvention and reintroduction to the world, proving itself a noble variety capable of producing world-class wines.”
This vintage’s awe inspiring palate comes to life with new French oak. The perfect balance of wood contact and lees stirring allowed the wine to fill out nicely while adding complex layers.The oaked Chenin delivers the promise of 3+ years of cellaring and we expect the wine’s characteristics to integrate smoothly over the next couple years for a long-lasting judicious experience.
The New York Times called South African Chenin “wines of freshness and character with prices that make them exceptional values.” And the efforts of Winemaker Riaan van der Spuy are seen! His world-class wines are worthy of your time and he has proved that truly great Chenin can be found outside of the renowned Loire Valley. So, grab a plate of soft, rich cheeses and enjoy this vintage now and then again over the next couple years!
Elegant aromas of melon, pineapple and citrus with a hint of honey. Richly textured with fresh fruit flavours of gooseberry and peach.
Winemaker: Riaan van der Spuy
In The Vineyard
Geographical location: Riebeekberg
About The Harvest
Manual harvesting of grapes.
Yeald: 6 tons/ hectare
In The Cellar
Fermentation maintained at a controlled temperature (12° - 14° C). After fermentation the wine was left in new French oak barrels for six months. The lees was regularly stirred to enhance the complexity and body of the wine.
The dream had been lingering in the minds on the Brink family for many decades and the talents had always been obvious; in 1918 old Grandpa Brink had been asked by Groot Constantia to become their winemaker, but the time was not yet right. Their strong desire to do their own winemaking was eventually put in to action with Ernst (Grandpa Brink’s son) sending his two sons to study more concerning this expertise.
As well as being one of the largest pig farmers in the Western Cape, and landowner of agricultural farms in Namibia, Ernst soon decided that 2003 would be the year to see his great dream materialize. His sons, Haumann, who returned with an Elsenburg College Diploma in Cellar Technology, and Van Del Byl, with a B.Comm. degee from the University of Stellenbosch, are now an integral part of the workings of the winery.
Koos van der Merwe, originally from Wellington, is actively part of the team as viticulturist. Even the Brink ladies actively take part in this thriving business - Ernst's wife, Louisa, is the Chairman of the board of directors, and Carin and Hesta (Van de Byl and Haumann's wife, respectively) being directors of Brinkshof Wines (Pty) Ltd.
Delicious served with creamy cheeses and full flavoured spicy dishes. Serving temp: 13° C