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South Africa, Stellenbosch


Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2015

89 pts Vinous/Tanzer

Tasting Notes


This is a combination of grapes from the second oldest vineyard of Chenin Blanc in South Africa, planted in 1947, and another 55 year old bushvine vineyard. The wine was made with the absolute minimum intervention and to allow the old vines to express the true flavours of the site and variety with as gentle a human touch as possible. The wine has an unmistakable minerality and the salty, Umami flavour on the palate that can only be found when vines have struggled for decades to make their mark in the soil. This wine signifies something truly special to me as a winemaker and is part of my journey in life and wine in South Africa, hence the name, Camino Africana, “The African Way”

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

5 Stars 2017 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Like 14 from some of South Africa’s oldest chenin vines, standout 15 (*****) adds concentrated & expressive apricot, peach & fragrant just baked-apple to multi layers on the palate. Fresh, with well-judges oak (10% new, 10 months) & long citrus slick on finish.
89 pts Vinous/Tanzer
(14% alcohol; reportedly from a crop level of less than a ton per acre): Gold-tinged yellow. Deep, leesy scents of apricot, grilled almond, walnut and orange peel, plus a high-toned suggestion of raspberry confiture. Very rich, layered and fat, with sweet, seamless nut and stone fruit flavors showing good texture and depth but in need of a bit more life in the mouth. Impressive more for its mouth filling size than for its complexity or grip. (A second bottled was nuttier and more evolved.)

Winemaker Notes

All grapes were hand picked from two vineyards of bushvines planted in 1947 and 1961, pressed whole bunch and then fermented with natural yeast in older French oak barrels. Sulphured after primary fermentation to prevent MLF, followed by 11 months maturation on the lees.

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Chemical Analysis




Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acid: 6.2 g/l
Free/Total Sulfur: 5/151 mg/l
pH: 3.30
Residual Sugar: 4.8 g/l



Chenin Blanc

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