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Mother Rock Brutal Chenin Blanc


5 in stock

Vintage: 2022
Region: Swartland, South Africa
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc

Mother Rock Brutal Chenin Blanc has a deliciously smoky, nutty quality. It has a certain spice akin to peppercorns and a tang-like cider quality. It is best when consumed rapidly, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

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Super Natty


Citrus, Dried Fruit, Yellow Apple




Bright (Medium-High)




No Oak






Cool Red and Orange (58°–62°)


Zero Sulfur Added




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5 in stock

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About Mother Rock Brutal Chenin Blanc

Mother Rock Brutal Chenin Blanc has a deliciously smoky, nutty quality. It has a certain spice akin to peppercorns and a tang-like cider. It is best when consumed rapidly, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem. The grapes were harvested manually by taste (not potential alcohol level) to ensure a good mouthfeel of pH acidity, structure, and aromas. After seven days of skin maceration, bunches were pressed to concrete tanks where spontaneous fermentation was carried out without the skins. The wine remained in concrete for 14 months, after which it was racked straight to the bottling line and bottled. No pre-racking or any movement of the wine, no filtering, no fining, and certainly no SO².

Johan was the first South African producer to receive an invite to the exclusive “Brutal!” club of winemakers. Brutal! started from a conversation three winemakers had a few years back (two are Catalan and one is French). The two Catalans, Laureano Serras and Joan Ramon Escoda exclaimed when tasting one of Anthony Tortul’s wines that it was ‘Brutal!’ or as Americans would say ‘dope/kick ass.’ Anthony didn’t get the reference and thought they were saying the wine was garbage. So he made a quick makeshift label with ‘Brutal!’ handwritten and the rest is history. Today ‘Brutal!’ is very much part of the ‘natural’ or ‘raw’ wine movement. The only requirement is that the wine is ‘zero/zero’, meaning nothing is added and nothing is taken out. It also signifies the wine that is an experiment. Johan puts his mark on this 100% Chenin Blanc version from a vineyard site near Malmesbury in the Swartland. It joins the vault of ‘Brutal!’ wines made by natural-wine pundits such as Christian Tschida, Valentina Passelacqua, Matassa, and Do.t.e.

About Mother Rock

Johan Meyer, AKA “Stompie”, has made a name for himself in the ever-emerging South African wine industry in a very short time. While his namesake Signature wines reflect his love of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Stompie felt that there was a gap in the market for affordable, well-made, natural wines from the Cape. He thus founded Mother Rock Wines in collaboration with his UK importer Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wines. After seeing the market quickly drink up the initial Force Celeste wines (formerly known as Force Majeure), they expanded the offerings to include a label called Mother Rock, focused on discovering exceptional parcels of sustainably farmed vines grown on a variety of soil types. The identity of these two lines is rooted deep in the South African wine industry, with Chenin Blanc at the root of the whites and Cinsault at the root of the reds.

Today, Stompie and his wife, Henri, are building their new home estate, Platteklip Vineyards, at the top of Piketberg Mountain in the northern reaches of the Swartland. Stompie even applied for – and was granted – a new Wine of Origin appellation called Piket-bo-berg that is, today, a monopole of just his estate. encompasses his estate only. Platteklip Vineyards is located at over 2,000 feet above sea level; anything below this height is designated as W.O. Swartland. While they wait for the vines to mature, Stompie sources his fruit for all the Mother Rock wines from organically farmed plots throughout the Swartland. In the winery, there is no SO2 added before or during fermentation, though the wines are often lightly sulfured before bottling for stability. Ultimately, Mother Rock is about showcasing the best and purest expression of the Swartland’s diverse terroir.


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