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Thistle & Weed In Pieces Chenin Blanc

$33.00

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Vintage: 2022
Region: Western Cape, South Africa
Viticulture: Dry-farmed and Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc

Thistle & Weed In Pieces Chenin Blanc is marked by citrus fruits, mainly orange, and a subtle hint of vanilla. The palate leans more tropical, with pineapple and mango taking center stage. Lees aging adds a yeasty note before a dry, lingering finish.

Song: Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin

Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Citrus, Pineapple, Tropical

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

OAK

Neutral Oak

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Whites and Orange (53°–57°)

SULFUR

Sulfur Added (more than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Vine Street Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Thistle & Weed In Pieces Chenin Blanc

Thistle & Weed In Pieces Chenin Blanc is marked by citrus fruits, mainly orange, and a subtle hint of vanilla. The palate leans more tropical, with pineapple and mango taking center stage. Lees aging adds a yeasty note before a dry, lingering finish. The grapes were brought into the cellar and pressed immediately into old French oak (fourth fill and older). Fermentation occurred spontaneously, after which the wines remained in the barrels for 8 months of aging. At this point, the wine was racked off the lees, and the wine was bottled with a light sheet filtration and a small sulfur addition. No fining.

‘In Pieces’ is a reference to picking up the pieces after the pandemic of 2020. On one of his routine wanderings through the vineyards, Etienne found antique pottery shards strewn about, probably emerging after a vineyard plowing. It was like discovering a little treasure, something from the past that catches your eye, a touch of blue and white to remind them of the history of their land. It gave Stephanie and Etienne a renewed sense of place and an appreciation for the hands that have tended to the vines and crops there for generations. In a more figurative sense, ‘In Pieces’ also refers to several pieces (barrels) of Chenin Blanc that are used to make up this blend from vineyards in Stellenbosch, Swartland, and Paarl. The shards on the label are images of the actual shards they found.

About Thistle & Weed

Thistle and Weed is a collaboration between the Terblanche and Wiid families established in 2015, led by Etienne Terblanche (Viticulturist) and Stephanie Wiid (Winemaker). Inspired by the encroaching weeds found amongst the vines grown in the Cape, Etienne and Steph draw parallels between thistles and weeds and the uncompromising tenacity and survival skills of grapevines. Each wine is dedicated to one of their favorite nuisances, using the colloquial Afrikaans term for each, reminding the drinker that these wines are unapologetically Kaaps (Cape Wines). Together, Etienne and Steph set out to discover the best of the Cape’s hidden gems, intent on crafting honest wines that are made with a deep connection to nature and offer the most simple expression of the terroir from which they come.

“The vineyards lie at the heart of what we are trying to achieve,” said Etienne. “They offer us the opportunity to showcase the unrivaled beauty and sheer expanse of the Cape, our home.” Working closely with a handful of growers they’ve set out to uncover some extraordinary parcels. Each parcel has its own rhythm and special community of weeds. Ultimately the plants naturally occurring in a place tell you a lot about the history, soil, climate, and season. “At Thistle & Weed, we like to keep things simple in the winery to best express each vineyard’s story. For our white wines, we use whole bunch pressing and natural fermentation in older French oak barrels to best preserve the freshness and purity of fruit. When it comes to our red wines, we opt for a combination of de-stemmed whole berries, crushed berries, and whole bunches which ferment in open-top tanks and mature in older French oak barrels,” said Stephanie. The range of three single-origin Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc showcase terroir from Stellenbosch, Paarl, and the Swartland. The two blends ‘Khakibos’ and ‘Nastergal’ are inspired by Iberian wines and are an exploration into cultivars adapted to drought, changing climates, and extreme conditions.