Jordan “Inspector Péringuey” Chenin Blanc 2014
Winemaker: Sjaak Nelson
Background: The vineyards on the Jordan Wine Estate form part of the Stellenbosch Kloof ravine which encompasses varying elevations on which they have planted both red and white grape varieties suited to specific sites.
Besides having suitable soils the Kloof benefits from the maritime influences of False Bay close by which offers a cooler ripening season compared to further inland Stellenbosch farms.
Jordan’s three hectare Chenin Blanc vineyard was planted by Ted Jordan 32 years ago and from this they annually produce a barrel fermented Chenin Blanc.
The 2014 vintage, which was launched this week, sports a new identity on the label of “Inspector Péringuey” which is Jordan’s tribute to the man who was the Inspector General of Cape Vineyards in the late 1800s, and who in 1886 discovered the infestation of Phylloxera on vines in the Mowbray district!
As a result he was responsible for bringing in American rootstock onto which all grape cultivars were grafted as it had been proven in France to be resistant to the Phylloxera bug. This practise continues today.
The Chenin grapes for the 2014 vintage were barrel fermented in 228 litre second and third fill barrels and left on the lees for 8 months. Prior to bottling a portion of tank fermented Chenin was added to heighten the fresh citrus fruit flavour.
Result: The wine offers graceful balance of tropical fruit/citrus flavour with fresh acidity entwined with creamy vanilla from the subtle use of wood.
When to drink: Now until 2018
Drink with what: Enjoy on its own but also perfect with sushi!
Expect to pay: R102.50
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