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Gabrielskloof, Elodie Swartland Chenin Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.0%
Availability:6 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
No further stock available
Product Code: SACR0030B18S
£21.50

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2021 feature, Weekend Wines.

Gabrielskloof Elodie 2018 - Decanter March 2021 review

Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. After planting, his first vintage was in 2009. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list because Peter-Allan Finlayson, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. The farm has 300 hectares, with 68 hectares planted to vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.

The two vineryards used to make this wine are situated in the Paardeberg region of the Swartland. Both are estimated to be over 35 years old. They are dryland bush vine vineyards and have never been irrigated. These vineyards are very labour intensive to farm and, as a result of the arid conditions, yield little fruit (between one and three tonnes per hecatre). South Africa is the only New World country that has significant plantings of old-vine Chenin Blanc and Elodie is an expression of what can be made from this national treasure.

The winter was very dry and South Africa experienced the worst drought in 100 years during the 2018 vintage. While this caused lower yields, the vineyards remained healthy throughout the warm and dry summer. The fruit was harvested with small bunches and berries, resulting in great concentration of flavourThe grapes were whole bunch pressed with no additions. After an overnight rough settling in tank, the juice was transfered to 400- and 500-litre old French oak barrels, followed by fermentation with wild yeasts only. The wine remained in oak for nine months before bottling.

See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Gabrielskloof, Elodie Chenin Blanc 2018 - fiche technique

100% Chenin Blanc.

Residual sugar = 1.5g/litre (ie dry!)

This wine is light golden in colour with subtle aromas of apricot and white peach coupled with layers of almond, orange blossom and herbs. The palate is full-bodied with great natural acidity and freshness which is typical of old vine Chenin.