About the estate
Zevenwacht Wine Estate, situated on the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Route is a modern wine farm with a 300 year history. Owned and managed by the Johnson Family, the Estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation as well as conservation of the surrounding indigenous environment. Two prime farming locations provide the grapes for the Zevenwacht winery. The home vineyard on the Estate’s panoramic 450 hectare maritime influenced property, supplies the majority of the grapes. The farm Zevenrivieren, situated at the crest of the Helshoogte Pass, provides winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, with a boutique selection of grapes that add to the fascinating variety of the wines.
Fresh, Medium Bodied & Barrel Fermented
When to enjoy
Perfect for any social occasion and over summer lunches.
How to serve
Our meal suggestions
Delectable with fish and shellfish, poultry and dishes with cream sauces and mild camembert cheese topped with toasted nuts and wild honey. A versatile wine so make your own best pairing.
The wine itself
A clear and bright wine with hints of lime and gold. The palate is both rich and refreshing and contains elements of honey, nuts, ripe pineapple, yellow melon fruit and hints of yellow peach with a floral undertone. The wine is classically dry, yet luxuriously silky with superb viscosity and length.
What about the grapes?
100% Chenin Blanc
And the vineyards (terroir)?
Lofty altitudes and westerly aspects punctuate the quality of the Chenin Blanc. For the 2016 vintage we selected the fruit from 35 year old Chenin vines with a north south row direction. These old vineyards were harvested in three stages. Fruit that was exposed to direct sunlight, then fruit that was hanging partially in the sun and finally fruit inside the canopy (shaded fruit). This equipped the winemaker with luscious, gradually ripened fruit with a variety of flavours.
How was it made?
100% was barrel fermented and barrel aged for 4 months on the lees. Regular lees stirring added to the complexity and rich mouth feel of the wine. Thereafter we selected and blended the 15 best barrels. 20% new untoasted barrels. 20% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill. 40% 4th fill – 500L barrel. This resulted in a full-bodied wine with a yellow fruit intensity.
Should this wine age/mature?
Chenin is a wine that develops and deepens both in color and aroma over time. As such it rewards the patient with extra complexity while offering the impatient oodles of up-front fruit and freshness.
- Grape Origin: Stellenbosch Polkadraai
- Wine Variety: Chardonnay
- Body: Medium / Full
- Barrel Treatment: 100% Wooded
- ALC: 13.5% | RS: 1.7g/l | TA: 5.6g/l | PH: 3.35