Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc, Marras
Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc, Marras is bright straw yellow in colour. The complex nose has a tempting array of orchard fruits and a hint of spice. Those flavours on the nose are joined on the palate by notes of quince and sweet, baking spices. These layers finish with a crisp freshness that lingers.
The grapes for the Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc came from the highly coveted bus vines up at 780m on the Piekenierskloof mountain and are hand harvested overnight to retain freshness.
The small and mighty label ‘Marras’ is led by talented young winemaker, Martin Lamprecht. He was a one-time student at Cederberg under David Nieuwoudt’s wing and has previously also worked in the Rhône. Martin brings fresh ideas to his current home in the Swartland, a melting pot for hot new talent and South Africa’s leading region for liberal winemaking and experimentation.
In his own modest words, “All I really do is take the grapes by their hands and guide them to where they want to be.” Using grapes from the vast plain and the elevated terroir of Piekenierskloof, he makes some bright new examples of Chenin, Grenache, and a Shiraz Cinsault blend.
Grower: Marras Wines
Matches: mezze, cold meats and salads
Serve at 8-12C