Christa von la Chevallerie, whose vineyard supplies the likes of Chris Alheit, Peter-Allan Finlayson, the Mullineuxs and Donovan Rall, has released the first wine in SA to ever bear the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal. Devised by the Old Vine Project, the seal bears the date that the vineyard was planted and is one of the first in the world to be certified by a national authority.
Although Christa had been making bubbles for some time, she decided that the time was right to launch her own signature still wine. The Nuwedam Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017 is produced using grapes sourced from a vineyard block on Christa’s Swartland property that was planted in 1974.
What makes this wine truly special is the amount of effort and preparation that went into it. Christa enlisted the help of Eben Sadie and the Chris Alheit; giving Eben a portion of grapes to vinify in the Swartland and the rest to the Alheits in Hermanus. Finally, after some nine months in old oak, the two components were blended together.
This, in the words of Christian Eedes, is ‘an absolute cracker’ with the added bonus of being the first wine in SA with an official old vine classification.
Be sure to join the Old Vine Project at the 2018 US Woordfees as the founding members discuss the project and its impact on the local industry. See here for more information or to book your tickets online.