Vineyards and vines: Dassiekop is found high on the Paardeberg mountain and was planted on steep terraces in the early 1970’s by the father of my neighbour, Pierre Rossouw on the farm Uitkyk.
Grapes: Chenin Blanc 100% (Steen in the local vernacular)
Vinification: The vinification is quite straight forward when you are working with fantastic grapes from old vineyards. The total vineyard yields around 2 tons/ha. The grapes are pressed and run off into older casks for fermentation and ageing.
Maturation: We only use old 1200L foudres for the fermentation and maturation of 15 months. After this the wine is are racked and bottled.
Analysis Alcohol 13.86 vol% Residual Sugar 2.3 g/L Ph 3.38 Total Acidity (Tartaric) 5.64g/L Total sulphur 100ppm
For me the this is the finest Chenin Blanc or Steen vineyard and site in the Swartland. The rare combination of the perfect match between site, varietal and age of vines is truly expressed in this wine. Exceptional mouthfeel, texture, freshness and concentration of fruit are the norm from this site. This wine is not released annually.
2400 bottles produced
From Jancis Robinson's website:
Single Vineyard. RS 2.3g/l pH 3.38 TA 5.64g/l
Nuttiness and warm cobnuts and roasted cumin on the nose overlaying the sweetness of fruit on the palate. Sage and peaches, mid-summer apricots just picked. Wonderful grip and texture, taut. Plays like a Paganini violin solo. Hauntingly beautiful. (TC) 13.86% alc Drink 2017-2026.