Oldenburg Vineyards Stellenbosch
This fine Stellenbosch property winery was established in its current form in 2003 and at present produces three excellent reds along with Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. The 30 ha of sustainably farmed vineyards are at some altitude, around 300 to 450 metres above sea level moderating the climate and providing a fresh edge in the wines and they also enjoy a significant advantage in sunlight hours compared to some of the lower lying sites. The Rondekop hill where the vineyards are sited provides a wide range of microclimates and soils and a number of Rhône varieties besides Syrah have also been planted. Near neighbours include THELEMA and TOKARA. The fruit is all hand harvested and the grapes cooled on arrival at the winery. The wines are made at the GLENELLY estate, which is owned by the former proprietor at PICHON-LONGUEVILLE LA COMTESSE, Mme. May de Lencquesaing. Winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain has previous experience at SCREAMING EAGLE, Château FIEUZAL, Château ANGELUS and at RUSTENBERG. Gravity plays a key part in minimising handling of must and wine. The complex and subtly leafy Cabernet Franc is given a three-day cold soak, as are all three wines, and it is aged for 15 months in French oak which is wisely reined to just 20% new barrels for harmony. The Cabernet Sauvignon has a touch more structure and requires a year or two extra in your cellar. Vinification is similar and the wine sees more new oak (50%). The darkberried, spicy Syrah shows classic white pepper undertones and possesses a complex mineral quality. Four or five years will add a further dimension. The Chenin Blanc includes a little Chardonnay adding to the wine’s mid palate texture and both whites are barrel-fermented and aged in slightly larger 300 litre barrels. (DM)
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