Elementis 2020 - Intellego - Swartland, South Africa 75cl
GRAPE: CHENIN BLANC
COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA
BOTTLE SIZE: 75CL
THE WINEMAKER: INTELLEGO
Jurgen worked with the great Eben Sadie for a vintage in Spain (at Terroir Al Limit in Priorat) and also South Africa, with further stints in France (at Matassa with Tom Lubbe, Stephane Ogier, Roc d’Anglade) and in New Zealand and Russia (where Juregn made the premium wines for a big winery during 2008 and 2009). Subsequently, he worked for 4 years at Lammershoek with Craig Hawkins, but since January 2015 has solely concentrated on Intellego and renting vineyards for his project.
The vineyards for the Chenin are in Abbotsdale, Swartland, where the climate still has a residual Atlantic influence. The Intellego parcel is situated on a hill (200 metres altitude, east facing) and receives a constant breeze in the afternoon but gets lower rainfall than the other parcels.
The 34-year-old dryland Chenin Blanc bush vines grow on soil with a very sandy top layer followed by gravel and clay deeper down. Farming is sustainable and organic with cow manures and cover crops planted. Sprays are copper and sulphur.
Elementis is Latin and refers to the 4 natural elements of earth, water, fire & air. The bottle symbolises the region from where the grapes originate while the umbrella is the contrast as it symbolises the style in which the wine is made – skin contact. The red of the hand symbolises fire, the yellow water, the green umbrella earth and the blue air.
Destemmed and fermented on the skins for 13 days in open tanks.
Aged in old 500L barrels for 10 months.
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