THE sixth annual international #DrinkChenin Day is on Saturday, June 15 – a very special day to celebrate all there is to love about this popular and versatile white wine.
Welgegund Heritage Wines invites you to explore the delights of its barrel-fermented, beautifully rounded Welgegund Heritage Wines Chenin Blanc 2017 produced from grapes harvested from 45-year old dryland vines. The quality and concentration of the fruit is testament to the character of these magnificent old vinesand the estate’s unique fingerprint of terroir and climate.
The Old Vine Project (OVP) is a wine industry organisation established to identify the country’s prized vineyards planted more than 35 years ago. As an essential part of South Africa’s wine heritage, the Welgegund Heritage Chenin Blanc 2017 proudly bears the Old Vine Project Heritage certification seal- a world first.
Older vines typically produce wines of deep character, reflecting their years of struggle and sense of place. In a modern world of mass production, the distinctive personality of these old vine wines is a reassuring and comforting reminder that the history of the Cape wine industry is being well looked after by the Old Vine Project and the likes of Welgegund Heritage Wines.
From vineyards planted in 1974, the low-yielding 2017 vintage provided exceptional fruit, with high concentration, balanced by ample finesse and purity. Expect layered flavours, great depth, a textured mouthfeel, creamy oak and vibrant summer fruit – citrus, stone fruits, pineapple and lime notes – complemented by a hint of white blossoms. The 2017 vintage has superb storage potential and is sure to age gracefully.
Extremely food friendly, it is a great companion to line fish, calamari, lobster, mussels and lemon butter prawns. and also excellent with roast duck and game birds. The wine does however have sufficient structure to pair well with lamb and pork. Also lovely with soft white cheese.
A recipient of 2018 Top 100 SA Wines status as well as Double Platinum, this award-winning wine is available from the cellar as well as selected wine merchants. The farm is at the foot of the Hawequa mountains at the end of an oak-lined cul-de-sac in Wellington. Welgegund means “well-bestowed” and you don’t have to venture far to experience the fruits of its blessings. Wine and olive tastings showcasing the intense deliciousness of this estate’s produce can be enjoyed by appointment only.
Welgegund Wine Farm, 119 Berg Street, Wellington, South Africa
Telephone: 021 873 2123 ·