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Waterford Chenin Blanc


Waterford Estate has been working with Chenin blanc grapes since 1999. Along the journey, a French winemaker from the world-famous Chenin blanc region of the Loire valley, Cedric Lecareux, joined the Waterford team for the 2001 vintage. Here the true excitement of Chenin blanc began for Waterford.


Waterford Estate has a strong philosophy towards authentic and sustainable practices. The epitome of this is the preservation of old vines, and nurturing young vines to old age. We believe that old vines have the best advantage to accentuate the true sense of place, to express the earth and environment in which they grow. Joining forces with the Old Vine Project (OVP) we can now give recognition to such vines. The certification seal is a world first and guarantees authentic wines grown according to the OVP viticultural and winemaking guidelines.


Waterford Chenin blanc is sourced from Old Vines in Stellenbosch and the oldest being sourced from a vineyard planted in 1966. To best preserve the purity, the bunches are hand harvested in the early morning and whole bunch pressed directly to concrete eggs for natural fermentation. The concrete eggs are neutral in flavour and allows the wine to remain vibrant and express itself. Old vines are not necessarily fruit forward but often bring tremendous layers and complexity to the palate.


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