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Thistle and Weed Brandnetel Chenin Blanctext
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Thistle and Weed Brandnetel Chenin Blanc 2022

Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South AfricaThistle and Weed is a collaboration between the Terblanche and Wiid families established in 2015, led by Etienne Terblanche (Viticulturist) and Stephanie Wiid (Winemaker). They seek out interesting vineyards of older vines around the Western Cape. This comes from Nietvoorbij vineyard in the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain, in Stelly, on weathered granite soils. The vineyard was planted in 1980, originally as a rootstock trial site, hence its unique 32 rootstocks active there today. This was whole bunch pressed and native fermented in French barrels, with b√Ętonnage for the first month, and then left undisturbed on lees for 9 months. Heady mountain herbs / meadow grass, downy quince, pear skin, white grapefruit teem in the glass, with a buzzy granitic grip livening and stretching this from beneath. Quite a smart, layered, compact chenin.Tasted: 12 April 2024Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
AB$37.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Thistle and WeedDistributors: Whitehall Agencies Inc. | Premium Wines and Spirits
Grape: Chenin BlancCSPC: 883229UPC: 606110392419