NOTES FROM THE WINEMAKER
This is a new addition to our Heritage Range and the Carl Everson label, and in fact a further emphasis on our focus on Chenin blanc as this is a Chenin based blend. The idea behind this wine is to use the cultivars we grow on the farm in conjunction with Chenin as the backbone to show off the sexyness and fruit purity of our Slanghoek Valley terroir. And so, the Roussanne provides the linear direction while the Semillon, Viognier and Colombard sit pretty to claim all the attention.
More on the Roussanne:
We planted this Entav clone brought in from Vititec, in 2014 with the goal of having this variety on the farm known for its natural high acidity and to compliment the Chenin and Viognier we already had on the farm. Furthermore, our philosophy of only working with Estate certified grapes has freed us up and seeing as though we have generations of time to work with, there’s no rush…
All 5 wines went through spontaneous fermentation and finished at different stages – 4 to 10 weeks. Most of them underwent Malolactic fermentation as well and fermentation and maturation took place in old French oak: Chenin in 400 & 500L; Roussanne in 2500L Foudre; Viognier and Sémillon in 300L and Colombard in 225L. Batonage only occasionally to finish malo. After 9 months in barrel the wines were blended and put back in barrels for another month before bottling in January 2018 and then left in bottle for 6 months before release in July.
The tractor on the label is a Massey Ferguson and was widely referred to as a ‘Vaaljapie’. When Carl Everson was the vintner on the farm he always would have a Few Vaaljapies on the farm and they were real workhorses.