Minimalist Wines Experimental Chenin Blanc
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PRODUCER: Studying Oenology at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University while working in the town’s boutique wine store, Hawk & Schoon, and passing WSET3 (with distinctions), were the starting points for Sam’s wine education. But the passion kicked in while working harvests under the leading Cape winemakers Carl van der Merwe, Lukas van Loggerenberg and Chris Alheit.
It was then he discovered that making good wine is all about working with good grapes and good people… and the importance of treating them both gently in the vineyard and the cellar. It was also the beginning of Sam’s love affair with Syrah. He launched Minimalist Wines, aged 21, to explore its diversity in South African terroir and to showcase its elegant power in the cooler climate vineyards of the Cape.
WINEMAKING: Ranging from 25 to 40 years old, the vines grow in the decomposed granite soils of Paarl. You can taste the sunshine in this warm climate and it’s been blended with a touch of barrel-fermented fruit from the cooler Helderberg, Stellenbosch to lend freshness. Part-matured in 228L neutral French Oak for depth and a stainless steel component for purity.
TASTING NOTES: Aromas of white florals, melon, stone fruit and some flinty reduction. The palate is broad with fruit density and the finish is bright and textured with zippy acidity.