Table Bay Chenin Blanc
From a winery overlooking the breath-taking expanse of Table Bay and out towards Table Mountain, this wine mirrors the regions vitality and charm.
Grapes are harvested from Paarl and Western Cape regions; picked early in the morning and by hand.
The soils are granite and sandstone, and the vines have standard canopy management with limited irrigation to ensure good fruit concentration and ripeness
In the winery the grapes are de-stemmed and given three hours of skin contact. The juice is cleared using flotation before fermentation – great care is taken that only clear juice is used. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15 days at a cold temperature and a selected yeast is added to achieve the fruity style.
A fresh, pale straw, fruit driven wine layered with flavours of guava, pear, kiwifruit and citrus. The palate is rich with a crisp, zesty finish.
Enjoy as an aperitif or paired with light foods such as creamy goat’s cheese, summer salads, sushi, pasta or pizzas.
About the Producer
The Steenkamp family farm – Friesland – is located in the Bottelary Hills outside of Stellenbosch, with elevated south-west facing slopes overlooking Table Bay. Friesland is also a province in the northern part of The Netherlands, and hence honours the Dutch heritage of the first Steenkamps settling in the Cape during the late 1600s.
Fiesland farm has been owned by the Steenkamp family since 1999 when current owner De Bruyn’s father Kosie purchased a beautiful 36 hectare piece of land which has since been planted with top quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, with some old bush vine Chenin Blanc (planted in 1981).
Friesland Wines is run by husband and wife team De Bruyn and Marilise. A member of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters, De Bruyn grew up as a 4th generation farmer on the Steenkamp family land with his three siblings: twins Piet (farming on Groenland) and Antoinette, and winemaker Marié.
Groenland is a larger farm that originally came into the Steenkamp family via De Bruyn’s mother Helene; Kosie buying the land in the mid 70’s after her father Piet passed away.