Stellenrust 45 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009

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***5 Stars - John Platter, 2011*** Stellenrust is not simply producing fair-trade wines. It is a Fairtrade Winery. This may seem like a small point, but this is huge in terms of the impact this can have on the lives of those who nurture it. Fairtrade acts to empower farm workers to improve the lives of their families and communities, and is of crucial importance to helping people improve their standard of living. Stellenrust bottled their first wine on the farm in 1928. Today the winery is run by the brothers Tertius (winemaker) and Kobus (viticulturist), and is one of the largest family run Fairtrade Estates in Stellenbosch, with 500ha under vine. The brothers are committed to following their father’s dream - to give back to the workers, who themselves had given so much to the farm. Stellenrust now boasts one of the biggest and most successful BEE project in South Africa, empowering 70 farm workers on their own piece of land. Tertius himself puts it more eloquently - “These are the men and women we grew up with, we played together when we were young and now we work together towards the same dream and goal.” The Estate now encompasses 2 distinct terriors - the cooler Bottelary Hills and the Helderberg region’s Golden Triangle, enabling Stellenrust to produce both red and white wines of excellent quality, living up to the Estate’s motto, “where excellence meets winemaking”. The Stellenrust 45 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc is a wine made to be the only one in its class. The labelling on the wine has been designed to support the myth of the quality of older Chenin Blanc vineyards. The number on the front of the bottle refers to the age of the vines in the year the wine was made (45 years old in the 2009 vintage). It has been allowed to ferment naturally in an assortment of barrels; mainly French, some Hungarian and American oak. The wine is kept on its fermentation lees in the barrel for 9 months after fermentation. A section of botrytised Chenin was also used in this wine, giving it a subtle honeycomb flavour and good ageing capability. This is a very rich tropical wine, with intense flavours of pear-drop on the nose carried forward onto a caramel creamy palate of well judged oak. It will compliment an array of dishes: from orange infused duck confit to lemon infused Norwegian salmon on a bed of creamed spinach and potato.

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Snooth User: Dennis Lim
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3.00 5
07/02/2012

Interesting wine with fairly rich tropical fruits, but what surprised is the grassy and herby nose.


Snooth User: Erica Landin
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3.50 5
10/16/2012

Three and a half glasses



***5 Stars - John Platter, 2011*** Stellenrust is not simply producing fair-trade wines. It is a Fairtrade Winery. This may seem like a small point, but this is huge in terms of the impact this can have on the lives of those who nurture it. Fairtrade acts to empower farm workers to improve the lives of their families and communities, and is of crucial importance to helping people improve their standard of living. Stellenrust bottled their first wine on the farm in 1928. Today the winery is run by the brothers Tertius (winemaker) and Kobus (viticulturist), and is one of the largest family run Fairtrade Estates in Stellenbosch, with 500ha under vine. The brothers are committed to following their father’s dream - to give back to the workers, who themselves had given so much to the farm. Stellenrust now boasts one of the biggest and most successful BEE project in South Africa, empowering 70 farm workers on their own piece of land. Tertius himself puts it more eloquently - “These are the men and women we grew up with, we played together when we were young and now we work together towards the same dream and goal.” The Estate now encompasses 2 distinct terriors - the cooler Bottelary Hills and the Helderberg region’s Golden Triangle, enabling Stellenrust to produce both red and white wines of excellent quality, living up to the Estate’s motto, “where excellence meets winemaking”. The Stellenrust 45 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc is a wine made to be the only one in its class. The labelling on the wine has been designed to support the myth of the quality of older Chenin Blanc vineyards. The number on the front of the bottle refers to the age of the vines in the year the wine was made (45 years old in the 2009 vintage). It has been allowed to ferment naturally in an assortment of barrels; mainly French, some Hungarian and American oak. The wine is kept on its fermentation lees in the barrel for 9 months after fermentation. A section of botrytised Chenin was also used in this wine, giving it a subtle honeycomb flavour and good ageing capability. This is a very rich tropical wine, with intense flavours of pear-drop on the nose carried forward onto a caramel creamy palate of well judged oak. It will compliment an array of dishes: from orange infused duck confit to lemon infused Norwegian salmon on a bed of creamed spinach and potato.

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