Meaning 'shale hill', this single vineyard is an anomaly amid the Paardeberg granite, but it gives a focussed, mineral line to this stunning wine. Tiny yields from dry-farmed bush vines planted in 1985 deliver huge concentration of apple, melon, tangerine and white flowers. The wine has a lean, direct palate with a delicious, raspy, nutty texture and bracing acidity. It has superb energy, purity and vibrancy. Just 1,863 bottles made. Drinking Window 2019 - 2026
The 2017 Skaliekop Chenin Blanc comes from shale veins on the foothills of Paardeberg Mountain. It has an intense bouquet that is probably a bit Marmite, given such a potent flor-like aroma infusing the stone fruit scents. The palate is very well balanced with a crisp line of acidity, notes of pear and lemongrass, and a little yeastiness toward the nutty, smoky finish. Very fine, but not for everyone. Drinking window: 2019-2029 (NM)
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