Stellenbosch property Jordan has renamed its Barrrel Fermented Chenin Blanc after Louis Péringuey, the 19th Century Inspector-General of Vineyards in the Cape. He was the first to identify Phylloxera and was involved in the importing of American rootstocks capable of resisting the destructive louse.
“He basically saved the Cape’s vineyards but has become a forgotten figure,” says the property’s owner and cellarmaster Gary Jordan. You can’t help feeling however that it’s all a bit arcane. “Yes,” says Jordan. “If people can’t take the time to find out who Péringuey was then this is probably not the wine for them.”
Grapes come from a vineyard planted in 1982 planted to the Montpellier clone, not widely in favour across South Africa because of both low yields in the vineyard and low juice recovery but prized for making particularly flavourful wine. Half the wine is tank-fermented and half in 228-litre barrels, second- and third-fill, maturation lasting eight months.
The 2013 was damn smart (see here) and I think the 2014 is even better, if a bit more intellectual. Lime and peach on the nose, while the palate shows wonderful fruit purity and lovely line of acidity. It has an abv of 13.5% compared to 14% in the case of the 2013 and is that bit more elegant and refined as a result. Cellar door price: R90 a bottle.