Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark

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Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark, Breedekloof 2018The Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark is an elegant and refined style of Chenin Blanc, showing good balance of fresh stone fruit and honied citrus...

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Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark, Breedekloof 2018

The Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark is an elegant and refined style of Chenin Blanc, showing good balance of fresh stone fruit and honied citrus and pineapple notes on a fleshy palate through to a long finish.

Producer Note - Olifantsberg is passionate about producing authentic wines with a true sense of place, which reflect the unique location of their vineyard. The focus is on sustainable farming and winemaking practices, resulting in limited intervention in the both the vineyard and cellar. The team are fully committed to understanding their terroir and managing their natural resources through conservation, which adds to the singularity of their wines. The unique terroir with its combination of Breede-shale, Renosterveld and sandstone soils, constant winds and elevation, produces concentrated fruit that results in elegant, fresh and age-worthy wines.

Vintage - The winter rainfall was slightly lower than average, however it was sufficient to sustain the vines throughout the summer. Warm days welcomed the first half of the summer; before temperatures cooled down to ensure long, slow ripening conditions for the remainder of the 2018 vintage. Very little rain during the latter parts of ripening and harvest ensured a healthy, disease free environment in the vineyard.

Vineyard - The grapes come from a 0.6 hectare vineyard located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range where they endure large diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250 to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Strong, constant winds characterise this block; they have a cooling effect and encourage a slow, gradual ripening of the grapes, helping to maintain healthy vines and contribute freshness and elegance to the wines. The soil in the vineyard is made up of sandstone with clay-shale and quartz. The vineyard is farmed in a sustainable manner, with only 'green' products used to prevent disease, thus helping to maintain the biodiversity within the vineyards and soils. Supplementary drip irrigation sustains the soil moisture which is monitored by soil moisture probes. The vines are VSP trained and are hand-harvested early in the morning to retain freshness. The lark is found in many biomes in South Africa, each with distinct call and features depending on the biome. This wine is named after the Red Capped Lark which is found on the Olifantsberg farm. The lark resonates with this block of Chenin Blanc, as it too has its own expression and story to tell.

Winemaking - The grapes were whole bunch pressed to ensure elegant extraction. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts in a combination of 500 litre French oak barrels, (10% new), and Hungarian oak barrels (10% new). A proportion of the wine was also fermented in large French oak foudres of 2,000 litres. The wine was aged for 10 months on the lees which contributed to the richness and texture of the wine.

Tasting Note - Clean cut freshness with good balance of fresh stone fruit and bright citrus notes on a fleshy textured palate and engaging length. The Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark is elegant and refined.

Grape: Chenin Blanc 100%

Winemaker: Elizma Visser

Region: Western Cape

Sub region: Breedekloof

Country: South Africa

Alcohol: 13%

Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)

Residual Sugar: 2.1

Contains Sulphites: Yes

Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/Yes

Milk/Eggs: No/No

Organic: No

Biodynamic: No

The technical information on this wine is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. This information may be subject to change according to vintage.

Can you explain your shipping charges?

We charge the amount the courier charges us to deliver the wines. In the majority of cases this is £10.00 for a dozen wines. For local delivery we charge £5.00 as we can often do this ourselves, by local we mean Milton Keynes.

Couriers charge by weight and size and a case of wines is both heavy and bulky and so the costs are fairly high. The charges are the same if you are buying 1 bottle or 6 bottles but they change if you go over 6 bottles due the the excess weight and size. Couriers also charge a fee to cover fuel excess and this all goes towards the total cost not to mention the 20% VAT to be added to everything.

Currently if someone orders a dozen wines they are charged £10.00 but if they order 24 bottles the charge is the same!

If you wish to have your wines shipped to other countries the costs are extreemly high and often not worth paying for. The cost for example to ship to the USA for a dozen wines would be £100.00 for the shipping alone! Therefore we have taken the decision not to ship any wines outside of the UK.


What is your minimum order?

The minimum order is 1 bottle! I prefer it if people order more and you get better value with the delivery if you do this too!


What if I want to send wine as a gift?

No problem, we will send to your preferred address and even include a card free of charge!

We have two kinds of cards a blank one and a Thank you one. However if you want a Valentines one or a birthday card or anyother type of card please let us know. We will write your personal greeting and even include the soppy stuff. We don't charge for the cards as its our way of thanking you for choosing us to send a gift to your loved one. 


What about a discount?

I may be able to take a little off the price if you ask nicely and there is a large enough order. Please do not ask for a discount on any orders under 12 bottles.  Email me with your requirements and I will let you know if I can do anything. However the best way to get a discount is to sign up for the newsletter as there is often special offers given away to newsletter subscribers.

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Olifantsberg Chenin Blanc The Lark

£18.00 £17.60