“Elementis” is the Latin, all-encompassing word for the 4 natural elements: earth, air, fire and water. This was one of Jurgen’s first attempts at producing a wine that was made in an all-natural style, determined entirely by the “forces of nature.”
The vineyard was planted in 1980 and situated on an east-facing slope that experiences cool afternoon breezes. The soil is composed of oak leaf (sand, gravel and clay mixture) with a top layer of sand. The grapes are dry-farmed, destemmed and fermented on the skins for two weeks to obtain aroma and texture. The wine is then aged in old French oak barrels for ten months before sulphur is added and bottled.
Jurgen gets incredible freshness and concentration from Chenin Blanc with this method of winemaking. He states, “A lot of people say that if you taste eight skin contact wines, they all taste the same. I think more people need to make wines in this style, so we can start to hone in on the differences.”
Extraordinarily pretty aromatics – elusive notes of various fruits but also flowers, dried herbs, pink sweets, ginger and other spice. The palate has a weightless intensity about it and possesses layers of flavor. The finish is long with a pleasant grippiness. A real delight to drink.
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