The brandnetel (Urtica dioica) - or stinging nettle - is steeped in dualities: both fierce and soft; painful and restorative; tenacious yet humble. This often-overlooked weed brings magic to fairytales, protection in folklore and vitality to soils.Inspired by these dualities, this unique wine, made from Chenin Blanc vines perched on the slopes overlooking Stellenbosch, reminds us that magic is woven into our lives from the soil to the glass.
Grapes were sourced from a vineyard located on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, soils are granite based and display a high level of weathering. Large sandstone fragments on the surface, leads to a coarse free draining topsoil fraction. The vineyard was planted in 1980 at 300m altitude, originally destined as a rootstock trial and contains no less than 32 rootstocks, within its modest 0.3ha proportions. Grapevines are managed sustainably and deliver intensely flavoured fruit.
The grapes were delicately whole-bunch pressed and naturally fermented. Only the free run juice was fermented in third - fill French oak barrels, after which 50% was matured in a stainless steel tank and 50% was matured in barrels. The lees was stirred (battonage) for the first month, after which the wine was allowed to mature on the lees for 8 months prior to bottling (unfiltered).
Green-yellow colour in the glass. Notes of freshly cut apple, orange blossoms and grapefruit swirl on a fresh breath of sea-air leading to a complex palate, densely layered with fruit flavours. The palate is rich and more-ish with a balanced acidity lingering towards a saline finish.
Alc 12.5% pH 3.35 TA 5.9 g/l RS 2.9 g/l
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
100% Chenin blanc