The rarest wine in the Old Vine Series, and the only wine Eben makes from Stellenbosch. Mrs Kirsten owns a tiny 1ha block of Chenin Blanc, planted in the 1920s and now regarded as the oldest Chenin Blanc vineyard in South Africa. Based in the Jonkershoek Valley at the foot of the Bothamaskop Mountain, this nearly one hundred year old vineyard is slowly dying. Eben has worked with the site for 10 years and nurtures it as carefully as he can, and loses old vines each year, but is carefully replanting and rejuvenating overall vineyard health. He picks early to preserve natural acidity and then gives the grapes a gentle, but unusual, carbonic maceration to extract richness and oxygen defying compounds, then ferments conventionally. A wondrously textured wine that will benefit from ageing.
Limited to one bottle per customer.