Carinus Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2021

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Danie and Hugo’s amazing value Family Chenin Blanc comes from their premier cru equivalent grapes. This wine is their grand cru.

The grapes are grown on Rooidraai soil - a granite derivative which stains your hands blood red when you pick it up. These special soils give the wine an amazing minerality and salinity which is so unique in this wine.

You might have heard of Swartland… it means ‘Black Land’ and until not-too-long ago it was better known for producing grain than grapes. Wheat growers would have a few blocks of grapes to get their quota of brandy from KMV, South Africa’s ginormous spirits producer.

It’s now home to the who’s-who of South African winemakers, who discovered that these old, previously unloved vines could actually make some of South Africa’s best and most iconic wines.

The secret to Swartland is the combination of magical soils and sun exposure. And Danie enlists one of South Africa’s best winemakers, Lukas van Loggerenberg, to guide his amazing fruit into bottle.

The grapes come off a block of 40-year old vineyard with steep slopes and Rooidraai soil which is rich in minerals. The wine is aged in old oak barrels for 10 months, and then bottled, giving you the simplest, purest expression of this special place in your glass.

When Danie talks about making the soils and the vineyards the rockstars again, you’ll see exactly what he means with this wine.

Type White
Grape(s) 100% Chenin Blanc
Country South Africa
Region of origin Swartland
Appellation Swartland/Malmesbury
Vintage 2021
Alcohol % 13%
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 10 months
Type of Oak 3rd fill and older French oak 300l
Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 41 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 320m
Soil type(s) Aerated red decomposed granite
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 10-15 years
Ideal drinking window 2023 - 2037

Danie’s simple but powerful philosophy is to grow the best possible fruit and find a talented winemaker to facilitate it into bottle. 

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Straight from Danie: This wine shows beautiful salinity and energy so I will pair it with richer curries or seafood dishes. The wine will cut nicely through the richness of the meal. I'll also pair it with any roasted or braai'ed bird with a sticky basting sauce. Marbled red meat will also flirt nicely with this wine.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
John O'Donnell (Dublin)

Very palatable wine. I bought more

Great stuff John - I love this Chenin! Cheers Eamon

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