Bill&Co. Swartland

David & Nadia, Hoë-Steen Chenin blanc 2019

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By the time of the 2019 vintage, the Hoë-Steen vineyard passed the half century mark. A vineyard planted west of Malmesbury towards Darling, in deep, red iron and clay rich soils. Most probably the deepest soils we work with in the Swartland. This block is a late ripener due to south facing slopes. This vineyard was planted on a “massale” selection method and grafted in the vineyard onto the root stocks a year after the root stocks were planted. A few Cape Riesling (Crouchen blanc), False Pedro, Palomino, Sémillon and Clairette blanche vines have been discovered since then. The vineyard remain predominantly Steen for us and we see it as part of the Cape’s old vineyard history which we are privileged to be working with. Harvested in February’s second half, hand sorted, whole bunch pressed, one year in old French oak barrels. Hoë-Steen is our third wine qualifying for the Old Vine Project (OVP) seal.