L'Avenir Estate

Single Block Chenin Blanc 2021

Stellenbosch, South Africa

100% Chenin Blanc | 13.5% ABV


We are proud to present this South African white wine made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes in the Stellenbosch region. The L’Avenir Single Block Chenin Blanc epitomises authentic, South African Chenin Blanc and is known for its ageability, texture, and fine balance. Parcel selection in the vineyard and cellar, combined with minimum intervention winemaking, results in a true masterpiece.

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On the nose, a mesmerising nose of white blossoms, lemon,
grapefruit peel and a delicate hint of honey.

On the palate, a generous wine that lingers on the palate with well-balanced freshness, acidity, and subtle oak nuances. With rich fruit flavours and a whisper of honey, the wine is intricate and delicate. Well-balanced, with impressive texture, depth, and concentration.

Service: Serve chilled at 7-13°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with a fine choice for decadent seafood, such as abalone, steamed cod or pan-seared scallops.

The winemaker Dirk Coetzee was mentored by the legendary Stellenbosch “Pope of Pinotage”, Francois Naudé. He specialises in site specific, authentic wines in the most revered winemaking region in South Africa. "L’Avenir is a boutique specialist of modern Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. Showcasing the versatility and class of Pinotage by producing single vineyard wines, is my greatest passion and pleasure" he says.

Situated in a secluded little valley next to a lake on L’Avenir Estate, Block 30 vitally benefits from the cooling effect of breezes that sweep across the water. Homogenous, poor soil limits vineyard vigour, resulting in balanced vines. The combination of a unique micro-climate, moderate growth, and old vines yield small bunches, with tiny berries and concentrated flavour. The celebrated Block 30 Chenin Blanc vineyard has stood the test of time and consistently produces wines of exceptional quality and character.

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L'Avenir Estate, managed by Edo Heyns, is a family-owned vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa, with a history dating back to 1703. The estate covers 70 hectares, with 66% under vine cultivation and 14% preserved as natural woodland.

The vineyard demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainable practices, highlighted by its regenerative approach to viticulture. This includes prioritising soil health, minimising intervention in the winemaking process, and adopting practices that align with environmental sustainability. L'Avenir focuses on producing high-quality wines, particularly Pinotage, aligning with their vision for the future.

In response to challenges like residential expansion and climate change, L'Avenir is proactively expanding their Pinotage plantings. They have received the Sustainable Agriculture certification from IPW and are recognised by Wieta for socially responsible wine production.

A key aspect of L'Avenir's sustainability approach is their involvement in community development. The estate runs the Pebbles After School Care facility, contributing to local education. L'Avenir maintains a balance between environmental care and community support, underlining their holistic approach to sustainability.

With plans to pursue regenerative viticulture certification, L'Avenir Estate continues to advance its sustainable practices, contributing positively to both the environment and the local community.

White | Still | 75cl | 13.5% ABV | Contains Sulphites

Recognition: 2020 Vintage: Five Star rating in the 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide, Winner : 2023 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards | 2019 Vintage: 96pts, Decanter Magazine.

Cellaring: Drinking well now, will develop over 10-15 years.

Vinification: After five hours of skin contact, fermentation started in cooled stainless steel tanks. The fermenting juice was then transferred to large first to third-fill French oak barrels for 14 months. The wine was left on the healthy lees in these barrels and battonage was performed regularly to naturally enhance the complexity and mouth feel of the wine.

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