Pictured above: Pieter made a linocut of a sheep’s skull for the Retirement at 65 label
Having purchased a farm in 1946, which was then planted to vines, tea and tobacco, Major David Steytler went on to plant his first vineyard in 1947. Situated in the Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch, and originally known as Rozendal, this farm has remained in the Steytler family ever since. Now, at 76 years of age, 1.1 hectares of this single vineyard of Chenin blanc remain (from 6 hectares originally) on the Kaapzicht farm. The vineyard is registered as the second-oldest block of Chenin blanc in South Africa with the Old Vine Project. Today marks the official release of the 2022 vintage of the aptly named, The 1947 Chenin blanc.
From just 1.1 hectares, the vineyard yields enough fruit for Danie Steytler Junior (fourth generation winemaker at Kaapzicht) to produce a mere 1,800 bottles. Danie allocated 50% of this to the export market. Of the 50% that remains in South Africa, Great Domaines is fortunate enough to receive an allocation from the family.
Grapes are harvested by hand and once back at the cellar, 50% are whole-bunch pressed and 50% de-stemmed and crushed (there is some skin contact during the press). Once the pressed juice has settled, it is racked to 500L barrels to undergo spontaneous fermentation. The wine is aged in barrel for 10 months prior to being bottled (the wine is not fined or filtered).
Danie’s wife, Carin, has come up with a stonking dish to pair with the wine – ”Crayfish tails on the braai with truffle aioli”. Upon placing your order, if you would like us to share the recipe with you, please let us know.
The 1947 Chenin blanc
W.O. Bottelary, Stellenbosch
Only 1,800 bottles produced