The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016, Kaapzicht
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
A wonderful single vineyard Chenin Blanc produced from old bush vines planted in 1947. You will rarely taste a Chenin Blanc of such power and complexity, yet with such delicacy and poise.
A very special bottle of wine.
Price per bottle £40.00
6 in stock
Kaapzicht is situated up in the Bottelary Hills with magnificent views towards Table Mountain (hence the name Kaapzicht: Cape View). The farm, which was first mentioned in 1712, has been farmed by the Steytler family since 1946 and is now in the tender care of third generation Danie Steytler (winemaker) and his brother George (viticulturist), while Danie’s wife Yngvild jets around the globe, looking after exports and marketing. Fourth generation Danie Jnr recently joined this family affair, with oenology studies and four years of flying winemaker experience under his belt, he is throwing himself into exciting new projects.
The family take their responsibility towards their employees incredibly seriously and have a number of schemes in place to both make their lives easier, and improve their outcomes. These include an on-site crèche, Pebbles, for 10 babies and toddlers under 6. Since 2002, Kaapzicht have paid all school bills for the 42 children of employees, who also use Pebbles as an After School Club where they can do their homework and benefit from a number of extracurricular activities. In the evenings, Pebbles then turns into a centre to teach literacy to adults and offer tuition to help them achieve their end-of-school exams, sometimes many years after having left school.
Food matchRoasted vegetable couscous
Awards & Critic Reviews
Decanter Magazine: 96 pts, No. 1 in ‘Wines of 2017’ feature
Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts “Right up there with the best Cape Chenins in 2016, this is a thing of beauty and stunning complexity.”