fact #41 – when did the «old vine project» begin?

South Africa in search of old reb plants

South Africa has approximately 3700 hectares of Old Vine vines and ten vineyards over 100 years old.


Vines can live for more than 120 years, yet not all producers keep them that long. Why? Because the yield of the vines decreases significantly from year to year after about 20 years. However, these vines have a significant advantage: they produce more concentrated and intense wines.

«Old Vine grapes show less fruit but reflect the soil and terroir they were grown. Old Vine is considered quality has denser flavours because the vines root deeper to access water and nutrients», writes our sommelier and wine expert Andy Meyer in our Tip #33 

Thirty-five years old is the minimum age of vines in South Africa. In 2002, the Old Vine Project in South Africa started searching for old vines, and today there are about 3700 hectares of Old Vine vines and ten vineyards that are even older than 100 years. Almost 2000 hectares are planted with the most widely grown variety in South Africa, Chenin Blanc.

If you have never tasted an Old Vine, it is worth looking at the selection. 


21 GABLES – Chenin Blanc – Screw Cap – 2019

5 Stars by Platter’s

Of a light pale gold hue with a lemon rim in the glass, the Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc exudes seductive aromas of dried apricots as well as a subtle hint of warm vanilla and fine oak. On the palate, immensely delicious flavours of white peaches and fine almond paste unfold, as well as a delicate creaminess, paired with a well-balanced acidity.

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21 Gables – Chenin Blanc – Screw Cap – 2019
CHF 23.90 instead of CHF 29.00

Ken Forrester

FMC – Chenin Blanc – Screw Cap – 2019

4.5 Stars by Platter’s

It’s an icon among the best South African Chenin Blancs – a wine that changes the world. The Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc was designed to mark Cape Chenin on the world map indelibly. A full-bodied, powerful wine with a whole range of deliciously lush flavours – notes of dried apricots, fragrant vanilla and fine honey, tantalise the senses and provide absolute pleasure.

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FMC -Chenin Blanc – 2019
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96 Points by Tim Atkin

The nose reveals aromas of ripe mandarin, orange blossom, angelica and delicate hints of lemon curd with a light smoky note and a touch of gravel. The palate shows layered fruit with flavours of lemongrass, tangerine and a lively, tangy mouthfeel that is perfectly balanced and not overpowered by the oak spice, with nuances of fenugreek, tarragon and dill. The mid-palate is full, rich and complex, with attractive weight and a creamy, cedary character balanced by a lemony freshness, suggesting enormous ageing potential. 

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Semillon – 2018
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De Morgenzon

Chenin Blanc rESERVE – 2019

5 Stars by Platter’s

This eye-catching white wine displays an exuberant aroma of white flowers, stone fruit, honey, and toast, merging into a rich pear, orange blossom, caramel, and spice. It is a world-class wine that offers a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, delicious acidity.

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Chenin Blanc Reserve – 2019
CHF 29.90 instead of CHF 39.00

David & Nadia

Hoe-Steen – Chenin Blanc – 2020

95 Points by James Suckling

The 2020 vintage exudes notes of beeswax and pollen with traces of dried lemon. It is broad and enveloping but not as creamy as in the past. A tapered, understated expression. Notes of blood orange, iron and stones. Very pure.

Hoe-Steen – Chenin Blanc – 2020
CHF 75.00 

darling cellars

Chenin Blanc – Old bush vine – 2020

4.5 Stars by Platter’s

This Chenin Blanc shows a beautiful straw yellow colour in the glass and a mineral freshness on the nose. It is a complex wine with undertones of orange peel and yellow peach and a long-lasting finish. The oak is subtle and well-integrated into the fruit.

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Chenin Blanc – Old Bush Vine – 2020
CHF 19.20 instead of CHF 24.00

All prices in CHF incl. VAT. Daily price as of 08.03.2022.
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