Having been registered on 26th September 1704, some 313 years ago, Kloovenburg is the oldest registered property in the Swartland, but only by half an hour. The farm is based on the edge of Kasteelberg, the mountainous granite fin slicing through the wheatbelt that overshadows the small town of Riebeek-Kasteel. Specifically, Kloovenburg is in the ward of Riebeekberg and has been growing for many decades Shiraz, Chardonnay and other classic local cultivars. Recently this established, ancient farm has very much been part of the independent Swartland movement in terms of recognising the local shale and granite soils and increasingly successful plantings of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Carignan as well as their more traditional roster of grapes. Since 2014 the winemaker here has been the hugely-talented Jolandie Fouche whose energy and passion for this evolving region is evident in her amazing Shiraz, Grenache, and Chardonnay. Pieter du Toit, the third-generation family owner of the farm has long championed the region and his family is reflected in the Eight Feet Red and White blends, the feet being the four pairs found on his sons.
Kloovenburg Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018
A delicate nose of waxed lemons and warm sand leads to a sudden grip on the palate. An exciting relatively bracing Chardonnay, the barrel ferment seems to give the wine grip and texture rather than outright oak. The overall message here is brilliant fruit judiciously harnessed with third and fourth use French oak demi-muid to bring the beast to heal.
Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from two different blocks. Vines age between 13 – 20 years and are planted on sandy soil with limestone. All grapes are handpicked during the early morning hours and then cooled overnight in a temperature – controlled room at 5 °C. One block is picked at 22° Balling to add freshness and length to the final blend; the other block is picked at 24° Balling to add body and riper flavours. The grapes are then crushed, destemmed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for 4 hours of skin contact. The free run juice is then drained into a stainless steel tank to let the juice settle for 24 hours at 8 °C. No enzymes are used during the settling process. The juice is racked from the thick lees to 300 L French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% third and fourth fill. A portion of the wine ferments spontaneously and the balance is inoculated with CY3079 and CH9 yeast. Fermentation takes up to three months to complete. After fermentation the wine is given a low dose of sulphur and is left on the lees with regular battonage. The wine spends a total of six months in the barrel before it is blended and bottled.