Chenin Blanc | terroir van zandsteen | stokken zijn 'skuinskap' geleid | 750 meter hoogte | zeer puur en verfijnd | zilt en rokerig | clean en juicy | eikenhout ondersteunend | zuren prachtig verwoven in het geheel | een unieke stijl dat je soms meer aan hele fijn Chablis van Thomas Pico doet denken dan een Zuid-Afrikaanse top Chenin.
We have also managed to source a very small number of his Skuinskaap Steen (his big gun). It has slightly more vigour 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. Truly excellent.
Lourens Family Wines Skuinskap Steen 2018. Piekenierskloof (13.5%)
Skuinskap - don’t you just love the sound of the word? - comes from one of the highest sites in Piekenierskloof, situated at 750 metres on decomposed sandstone soils. Fresh, focused and racy, despite doing full malolactic, it has fennel and fynbos scents, plenty of concentration and refined oak. Superb Chenin. 2020-26 - 94/100 Tim Atkin MW
"Skuinskap" is the Afrikaans term for the trellis system used on these vines. This trellis system is usually used for the production of table grapes and not commonly used for the growing of wine grapes. This is a 100% Chenin blanc (Steen) from vineyards planted in 1977 in Piekenierskloof ward, situated in the Citrusdal Mountains district. The vineyards are planted in decomposed sandstone soils at about 750m above sea level. These vineyards are passionately looked after by Ryno Kellerman.
The idea behind this wine is to tell a story about a specific site, soil and farmer.