|Grape/Varietal : Chenin Blanc||Color : Orange|
|Origin : South Africa||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Swartland||ABV : 11.5%|
|Vintage : 2015||Natural Factor: Organic|
Intellego translates “to understand” in Latin and is aptly named as Jurgen Gouws is just beginning to understand more than the potential of this incredible region. Gouws is one of Swartland’s young guns, a laidback guy with a surfer’s tan and a wry smile.
He currently owns no vineyards and no cellar of his own, but developed his own brand Intellego while working at Lammershoek with Craig ‘El Bandito’ Hawkins. His wall of old barrels in the rented space at Annexkloof bears the names of those that indfluenced and inspired; musicians, DJs and women.
"Elementis" is the Latin, all-encompassing word for the 4 natural elements: earth, air, fire and water. This was one of Jurgen's first attempts at producing a wine that was made in an all-natural style, determined entirely by the "forces of nature."
The vineyard was planted in 1980 and situated on an east-facing slope that experiences cool afternoon breezes. The soil is composed of oak leaf with a top layer of sand. Grapes are dry-farmed, destemmed and fermented on the skins for 3 weeks to obtain aroma and texture. The wine is then aged in old French oak barrels for 9 months before sulphur is added and bottled.
Jurgen gets incredible freshness and concentration from Chenin Blanc with this method of winemaking. He states, "A lot of people say that if you taste eight skin contact wines, they all taste the same. I think more people need to make wines in this style, so we can start to hone in on the differences.”
This wine is definitely unique - in a good way. There’s a burst of ginger and chamomile tea on the nose, leading to flavours of granny smith apple, ripe melon and red grapefruit. The acidity is bright and zesty. As 'Elementis' suggests, this bottle is as "pure" as wine gets.
Pairs Well With:
Singaporean Chili Crab
Pink Floyd - Eclipse