Swartland \\ South Africa
Jacques de Klerk is winemaker and viticulturalist at the Winery of Good Hope (well-known for the lovely Radford Dale wines) in Somerset West, but for the past few years he has been making miniscule amounts of edge-of-your-seats Chenin Blanc from a special old dry-farmed vineyard in the Swartland, planted in 1978 on pure, decomposed granite soils.
In Jacques’ words, “Reverie represents everything I have learnt about terroir, Chenin Blanc, viticulture and natural winemaking”. The yield from this vineyard is tiny; the berries unbelievably concentrated and hand-harvested early, manually de-stemmed, crushed by hand and foot, left on skins for one week prior to basket pressing. After 10 months chilling out on the lees, it’s racked then bottled with neither fining nor filtration. Production is small, with just a couple of hundred bottles of 2016 left, about a barrel’s worth in 2017, and half that in 2018.