100% Chenin Blanc
The grapes for this wine were harvested at optimum ripeness, hand sorted, crushed and destemmed. The juice was immediately pressed and cold settled for 2 days at 10C. Half was fermented in stainless steel tanks and half was fermented in 400 litre French barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the fine lees in stainless steel tanks/ wood barrels for 9 months
Botanica Wines is located at Protea Heights Farm in the Devon Valley, just 10 minutes from Stellenbosch. Ginny Povall makes wine whilst simultaneously running a luxury guest lodge and a flower cultivation business. Back in the late 1940s, it was the first farm in South Africa to cultivate protea flowers; four of the varieties that are grown were hybridized by a former manager and are unique to the farm. In keeping with the botanical theme, the wines now carry the name of the 18th Century British artist, Mary Delany, whose cut-paper collages adorn the label.
Ginny arrived in the Cape back in 2008 with some basic knowledge of winemaking through evening and weekend courses at the University of California and plentiful background reading. Winning Platter 5 Stars from the outset and having to adapt to South African winemaking practices, she really has hit the ground running!
In the press
"This brilliant, 5,000-bottle release now comes from two sources on Citrusdal Mountain (one picked early, the other late) and is consistently one of the best of the top Cape Chenins. Notes of creamy lees, understated oak, and pear and apple spice are underpinned by an oyster shell frisson that wouldn’t look out of place in Vouvray." Tim Atkin MW, South Africa 2016 Report
"Rapidly establishing itself as a SA icon, sourced fro remote Citrusdal Mountain, finely crafted 2105 vintage follows form. Rounded silky-smooth / plush, with complex layers of spicy fruit wrapped in creamy texture. Perfectly pitched wooding- only 50% fermented in older oak" - 5 Stars John Platters Wine Guide 2017