Johan Joubert who established Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch as a Chenin Blanc powerhouse now intends to do the same at Boland Cellar after moving there earlier in the year. The Paarl winery crushes around 20 000 tons of grapes a year of which some 5 000 tons are Chenin, the equivalent of three million litres.
Joubert believes in “getting close to the ground” and has started a programme of soil analysis across all of the 2 200ha which supply grapes. Granite makes for fresh and fruity wines with higher acidities and lower pHs, shale soils make for wines more rich and round.
Though Joubert’s involvement is sure to have a positive impact, it’s not like Boland Cellar has no track record with Chenin. The winemaking team has been national class winner six times in the last 12 years at the SA Young Wine Show and this year won the General Smuts Trophy for best overall wine, the first time since the award was first made in 1952 that it has gone to a wine from Chenin!
Tasting notes and scores for the current releases:
Boland Cellar 5 Climates 2014
Fruit salad aromas and flavours. Uncomplicated drinking with a touch of residual sugar offset by bright acidity.
Boland Cellar Reserve No. 1 Unwooded 2014
Winner of the General Smuts Trophy. From 28ha of 14-year-old vines. Two pickings, the earlier inoculated with Vin 7 and the later undergoing spontaneous fermentation. Guava and citrus. Great fruit concentration, lovely coated acidity and a savoury finish.
Boland Cellar Reserve No. 1 Barrel Matured 2013
From the same vineyards as the General Smuts Trophy winning wine. Yellow peach and vanilla. Creamy textured but a bit listless.