Jikken Bareru Nel & Coetzee Steen
The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.
This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Steen (Chenin Blanc) is from two old plots of bush vines in Swartland. Pale gold in colour with some legs when you swirl it in the glass. A faint nose gives way to soft flavours on the palate with some pear and stone fruit. It has an almost creamy texture with good mouthfeel, and like the Sauvignon finishes crisp and dry. Perfect for turkey this Christmas or with Asian dishes or crreamy pasta.
Leon tells me:
"two old dry land bush vine plots planted in 1972 & 1983, cold fermented in stainless steel, bottled right after ferment unfined & lightly filtered and only 200 x 6 cases crafted. This vintage was extremely small due to the climatic conditions, but it's a super typical fruit forward yet restrained Steen - lots of stone fruit, hay, spice & pear skin texture - perfect for a Sunday roast chicken."
|Location||Swartland (bush vines)|
|Winery||Fledge & Co|
|Winery status||Just Leon & Margaux!|
|Winemaker||Leon & Margaux|
|Annual production||1290 bottles|
|Grapes||Chenin Blanc (aka Steen)|
|Style||Fruit forward & classical|
|No wood used||Yes|