2018 Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
The grapes for this wine mostly come from the Stellenbosch region and the
balance are sourced from select coastal vineyards including significant
portions from Paarl and Swartland and some special parcels in Breedekloof.
The Stellenbosch vineyards usually deliver structure and texture while the
Swartland, Paarl and Breedekloof grapes lend more fruit and freshness to the
wine. Owing to the nature of the bush vines, careful canopy management was
carried out so that no bunches were exposed to excessive sunlight and to
ensure even ripening of the grapes. We had another dry winter but luckily had
a few small rain spells in summer that helped to keep the vine happy. Moderate
day temperatures and cold evenings during ripening helped to preserve flavor
and natural acidity.