From the heart of South Africa’s sought-after Swartland – one of the most dynamic wine regions in the Southern Hemisphere – comes a wine range reflecting its distinctive roots. Vibrant wines with an exciting story to tell.
One fine day, as a truck laden with cattle rattled past our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, one of the passengers decided: The Cow Stops Here. She jumped. Not only did she survive, but she has thrived, and even produced several offspring. Because she embodies the free spirit of the Swartland, these wines pay tribute to our noble Nguni* cow, Survivor.
*Nguni cattle are the traditional livestock of the Zulu people of South Africa.
Grapes were sourced from a selection of low-yielding (6 – 7 t/ha) vineyard blocks located on DB Rust’s farm Constantia. The soils are deep red Oakleaf and Hutton ensuring excellent water-retention and adding structure and fullness to the wines. The vines have been planted in such a way to benet optimally from the cool Benguela current sea breezes. These breezes cause summer temperatures to range between 20 – 30°C.
The grapes were harvested at 22° Balling and picking was done in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar. Dry ice and sulpher was added prior to transport to protect the grapes from oxidation. No skin contact was given and the free run juice was separated from the press juice. Reductive winemaking practices were followed to retain as much flavour and complexity in the wine as possible. 30% of the Chenin blanc was fermented in stainless steel tanks, the juice was inoculated and fermentation temperature was kept at around 12°C for 3 weeks. 70% of the Chenin blanc underwent barrel fermentation in 100% first fill 500L untoasted Sylvain French Oak barrels, Laffort’s X5 yeast was used. The barrels were rolled once daily after fermentation followed by once a month for four months. The wines was matured in the barrels for four months before being blended and bottled.
A barrel-fermented wine that rewards with a medley of apricot and peach flavours. Showing excellent oak integration and a fresh lime zest finish.
Drink with French Onion Tart, Roast Chicken, Creamy Butternut squash or Camembert cheese.
- Additional Information
Name Survivor Chenin Blanc Country South Africa Region Swartland ABV% 13.5% Vintage 2015 Grape Variety 100% Chenin Blanc Size 750ml Dietary Information No