Saltare Old Vines Chenin Blanc

R179.00

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Another wonderful example of small producers competing with some of the finest wines in the world

Inspired by the Val de Loire. The Saltare bushvines look like ancient little trees, struggling for up to fifty years on a dryland West-facing slope on the Paardeberg (Swartland). The low yield ensures rich flavours and the mineral-rich soils adds a fresh note to the wine for a perfect balance. Natural barrel fermentation. This is a food wine like few others.

Tasting notes: This wine has beautiful aromas of lime blossom, naartjie, gooseberry and fynbos (“kooigoed”). The palate offers fresh apricot, marmalade, honey, a mineral texture and a long, clean finish.

Carla selects grapes with natural minerality and carefully nurtures her wines with minimal additions and attention to detail. Saltare means to dance in Latin, which embodies the flair, movement and passion of her wines. They decided that ‘the dance’ will express the character of their wine – and thus the name Saltare was born (the ‘e’ is accentuated: sal-ta-rε).

The friends were invited once more in January 2005 for a second vintage and since then it has become a regular happening. The Platter South African Wine Guide 2006 described the 2003 vintage as “full-flavoured, full-bodied, rich and yeasty, with lingering flavours of spicy baked apple, lively and dry” and gave it four stars. When the 2005 vintage was released it received half a star more and Platter 2008 wrote: “impressive brioche aromas, toasty, creamy yet with zesty freshness adding savoury food-friendly dimension, Chardonnay evident in fine citrus notes”. These and other comments inspire us.

In 2005 Carla the wine maker visited the Loire Valley in France and was amazed to discover the versatility of Chenin blanc. In the following year she produced their first Chenin blanc from dry land bush vines. The vines, situated outside Malmesbury in the Swartland region, produces a small yield of flavourful, minerally grapes. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged in a third-fill French oak barrel for ten months. It has elegant pineapple, orange blossom, fennel flavours and minerality.