2020 Gabrielskloof, Elodie Chenin Blanc, 6x750ml

2020 Gabrielskloof, Elodie Chenin Blanc, 6x750ml

2020 Gabrielskloof, Elodie Chenin Blanc, 6x750ml
Vegan / Vegetarian

The Elodie is made from old vine (over 35 years old) dry-farmed Chenin Blanc grown in the Swartland. Fermented using indigenous yeast in 400 to 500 litre old French oak barrels, it has great complexity and depth.

Availability: In stock

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £105.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Decanter

Drinking Dates: 2021-2030

The acclaimed Peter-Allan Finlayson, whose own label is Crystallum, also makes the Gabriëlskloof wines. This cuvée is an effort to showcase the ‘national treasure’ that is old-vine Chenin, with grapes drawn mainly from Swartland but also Durbanville. Subtle and complex aromas of flowers, herbs, yellow apple, peach and spice, while the palate is dense and detailed and the finish gently savoury.
2020 Gabrielskloof, Elodie Chenin Blanc, 6x750ml

Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. After planting, his first vintage was in 2009. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list because Peter-Allan Finlayson, Bernhard’s son-in-law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. The farm has 300 hectares, with 68 hectares planted to vines. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.

The two vineyards used to make this wine are situated in the Paardeberg region of the Swartland. Both are estimated to be over 40 years old. They are dryland bush vine vineyards and have never been irrigated. These vineyards are very labour intensive to farm and, as a result of the arid conditions, yield little fruit (between one and three tonnes per hectare). South Africa is the only New World country that has significant plantings of old-vine Chenin Blanc and the Elodie is an expression of what can be made from this national treasure.

The two vineyards used to make this wine are situated in the Paardeberg region of the Swartland. Both are estimated to be over 40 years old. They are dryland bush vine vineyards and have never been irrigated. These vineyards are very labour intensive to farm and, as a result of the arid conditions, yield little fruit (between one and three tonnes per hectare). South Africa is the only New World country that has significant plantings of old-vine Chenin Blanc and the Elodie is an expression of what can be made from this national treasure.

The winter was very dry and South Africa experienced the worst drought in 100 years during the 2018 vintage. While this caused lower yields, the vineyards remained healthy throughout the warm and dry summer. The fruit was harvested with small bunches and berries, resulting in great concentration of flavour.