Riëtte Kotzé, boutique winery owner and vitiultrist, and winemaker husband Henry intend their venture to ‘inspire, teach and surprise’ and want the road they are on to be experienced by all who enjoy their wines.
Pilgrim Wines do not have their own vineyards and currently source their grapes from small pockets of vineyards that they have come across in their everyday paths. These distinct parcels of land, happen to be in their home-grown Stellenbosch area and the amazing Voor-Paardeberg regions. They partner with like-minded ethical growers and believe in leaving nothing but footprints for the next generation. They focus on innovative methods with tried and tested cultivars, as well as experimental styles with unorthodox, unfamiliar cultivars.
This wine was made from beautiful thirty-five year old vines from the Voor-Paardeberg. Situated roughly 10km out of Wellington and Paarl, the Voor-Paardeberg is a warm growing climate region. Prevailing winds from the West Coast keeps the vineyard cool during the summer, allowing for aeration in the canopy and air flow through the bunches. The soil is made up of mostly decomposed Paardeberg sandstone and some granitic clay materials, the perfect soils for Chenin blanc.
Pilgrim Chenin Blanc 2021
Region: Voor Paardeberg
Color: Golden light yellow with a slight green tinge Nose: Primarily, this wine is a step ahead its predecessors, as it has more sweet notes and even some interesting earth tones emanating from the 10% whole bunch fermentation. Skin ferment aromas are very prevalent like some toffee and caramel, but even more perfumy notes like jasmine and elderflower. The “youthful” skin component of tilled earth and freshly cut hay is key, then with some age you can expect the usual suspects – marmalade, blood orange, lemon rind – to give their amazing display! Palate: My intention was to pick slightly earlier to harness more natural acidity and in so doing give the wine a more succulent core.
Any dishes with rich, deep flavours will be a superb pairing with this wine. Seafood dishes will also be a winner. Below is a link to a mouth watering recipe for scrumptious Miso glazed Chicken Thigh Espetadas by The Foodfox, Ilse van der Merwe
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