South Africa / Stellenbosch
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2020 Jordan Chameleon Chenin Blanc

Jordan Wine Estate

Stellenbosch

A fresh and fruity Chenin Blanc, harvested from our oldest block of Chenin Blanc, on the estate. Rich tropical pear flavours, hints of quince and green pineapple and a zesty citrus finish.


Viticulture

The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

Soil - Decomposed granite and loam.
Aspect - Cool south - and east-facing vineyards, 220m above sea level.
Age of Vines - 23-38 years old.
Harvesting - The grapes were harvested between 6th February and 20th February 2020 at an average of 22.6° B.


Vinification

The wine was tank-fermented using predominantly Vin7 and Vin13 yeast to accentuate the fruit and flavours typical of these varieties. Selected tanks received extended lees contact to add richness to the blend.


Recommendation

Perfect as an aperitif or with fresh summery lunches or creamy pasta dishes.