Storm Point Swartland Chenin Blanc
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Region: Swartland, South Africa
Grape varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc
Storm Point Swartland Chenin Blanc has stone fruit and citrus notes at the core of this wine, with a splash of sea spray. Mineral-driven finish.
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About Storm Point Swartland Chenin Blanc
Storm Point Swartland Chenin Blanc has stone fruit and citrus notes at the core of this wine, with a splash of sea spray. The palate is bright, with herbal undertones, and typifies the region and grape. Its finish is minerally driven.
The unruly landscape and intense growing season of the Swartland is the bedrock for this wine. Chenin Blanc is unquestionably the premier grape of South Africa. This wine hails from multiple sites in the Swartland, gnarly bush vines on gentle sloping granitic, sandy soils. These soils serve as the life force for the wine and are predominantly between 20-30-years-old. A cool, controlled fermentation (with native yeast, unlike the prior vintage) occurred in stainless steel and was left on its gross lees for six months. Stainless steel was chosen to encapsulate the freshness and vitality of the grapes. Intense aromatics, powerful flavors, and bright acidity are the hallmarks of this wine.
About Storm Point Wines
The mid-15th century marked the beginning of the age of exploration. Seafaring expeditions in search of riches of the East and West ignited a battle of ‘first claims.’ The Spanish and Portuguese were the most active during this time. The edict of Prince Henry the Navigator and later King John II of Portugal led to the discovery of the sea route to the bounty of spices and silk of India by way of the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope of present-day South Africa. Bartolomeu Dias was the first to round the Cape in 1488 though he didn’t make it far. 11 years later, Vasco de Gama successfully reached India, though not without grave losses.
Four ships sail from Portugal, with Vasco de Gama leading this voyage. As the armada reached the Cape, violent storms appeared, and de Gama claimed that “an immense shape materialized in the night air, grotesque and enormous stature with heavy jowls, and an unkempt beard.” Two ships and more than half of his men were lost at this point, and De Gama cried out to this mythological being, stated his intentions, and asked permission to pass. The giant vanished, the storms receded, and a clear passage path appeared.
It is believed today that this being, known as the Adamastor, continues to protect the Cape from the unwanted. The Adamastor represents the perilous dangers that explorers have faced trying to abide in an area not wishing to be tamed. The Portuguese aptly named this southerly point – Cabo das Tormentas – or “Cape of Storms.”
Fast forward more than 400 years later, and this wild frontier continues to amaze and implore understanding. Winemakers worldwide have flocked to South Africa for its old vines, untapped potential, and immense opportunity. One such person is Australian winemaker Mick Craven of Craven Wines. Mick explored the vineyards of the Western Cape, searching for sites speaking to the soul of this incredible region.
Storm Point represents the ideal that good things come to those who wait. 400 years in the making and the right timing formula, people and nature helped to create wines meant for all. Wines defining the core of South African wines are purity, texture, and concentrated elegance.