“DAMASCENE is about seeking out memorable vineyards and sites that truly showcase the incredible diversity of terroir we have here in the Western Cape,” says Smit. “I spend countless days on the road, covering thousands of kilometres, visiting vineyards and farmers in search of special parcels of land.”
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A new addition to the Damascene range, Chenin Blanc 2020 from 3 vineyards on the Bottelary area outside Stellenbosch. The soils in the 3 vineyards differ, contributing different elements to the wine. Only 5% of the grapes were fermented on skins for only 50% of the fermentation period. Making sure that it contributes mouthfeel, without changing the wine structure completely.
Jean’s notes: “A blend of three mountainous Stellenbosch vineyards. The wine is supremely expressive of these distinct sites, with soils of pure shale, Greywacke and granite; aromatics of waxy flowers popping open in the breeze, crushed lime, smoked honey and wet stone. Harmonious. Yellow peaches are bright and sun-kissed on the palate, while the density of fruit – tangy apricot, mango and caramelised pineapple – is pithy and mouth-coating. The mineral acidity carries all the richness of the fruit into a refreshing finish with hints of toasty nuts on the tail.” – Winemaker’s notes
Corlien’s notes: Upfront floral, pear and apricot notes with white pepper and a touch of honey. I like the almond and gentle ginger coming through. Smooth mouthfeel with a delicate finish. A really smart wine.
Only 1395 bottles produced