Intellego, Chenin Blanc 750ml 2018South Africa, Swartland
The Intellego Chenin Blanc is a blend of two parcels, a combination of granite and gravel sites in the South and South-West Swartland appellation.
Intellego follows organic farming practices.
'Entirely from Paardeberg fruit. An appealing nose of potpourri, citrus and peach. The palate is somewhat curious – sweet on entry, savoury on the finish but mid-palate missing. The analysis is extraordinary – alcohol: 12%, residual sugar: 5.9g/l, TA 7.45g/l and pH 2.9 so perhaps time to settle down.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 90/100
Starting off the 11th January with the Granite site it promised to be high in quality which the end result were. The parcel planted on the Oakleaf site only ripened 3 weeks later and both these components compliment one another in this blend. Fermented and aged on the gross lees for 10 months in a mixture of 228L & 500L French oak barrels.
Intellego Wines are terroir driven from the Swartland Appellation. The Swartland experiences a warm, dry climate which is favourable to grape varietals such as Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Cinsaut and Mourvedre. By using small pockets of land on different sites, Intellego is able to produce wines with different personalities and characters. Intellego’s philosophy is to use minimal intervention and a hands-on approach during the winemaking process. They also follow organic practices.
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|Producer information||Intellego Wines are terroir driven from the Swartland Appellation. The Swartland experiences a warm, dry climate which is favourable to grape varietals such as Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Cinsaut and Mourvedre. By using small pockets of land on different sites, Intellego is able to produce wines with different personalities and characters. Intellego's philosophy is to use minimal intervention and a hands-on approach during the winemaking process. They also follow organic practices.|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator