The Fledge & Co.

Jikken Bareru Nel & Coetzee Bosstok Steen Chenin Blanc 2022

Western Cape, South Africa

100% Chenin Blanc | 13% ABV


Jikken Bareru is The Fledge & Company's experimental series of wines, which allows them to push boundaries a bit further in terms of winemaking techniques. All wines are limited, often to only a few barrels. So definitely worth seeking out! This aromatic Chenin (or Steen in local lingo) is produced from grapes that are from two vineyards that are 50 and 35 years old.

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For this wine they say, "the sum is greater than its parts". It spends 3 months on fine lees (the yeasts that remain after fermentation). This gives added complexity and creaminess taking over from the sumptuous citrus, yellow plum and pear flavours.

Service: Serve at 8 - 10°C.

Food Pairing:Serve with fish, shellfish, creamy pasta, poultry or plant-based vegetarian dishes.

Meet the winemakers Margaux Nel & Leon Coetzee.
"The Fledge & Co. is a proudly South African "vine to wine' project, whereby we are fortunate to source fruit from over 50 vineyards spread across the length & breadth of the Cape Winelands to showcase to the world our truly special vineyards & passion of the workers and farmers who tend the vines rooted in ancient African soils. Our guiding tenets are "the right grape, in the right place" and working Old Skool in the cellar allowing the vintage, variety, and site to shine. We aim to craft wines that can be enjoyed amongst friends & family around the kitchen table to bring much merriment & enliven cuisine. "Terroir by a truck" might be the aptest description of the project with us traveling 20,000 km plus during vintage to source the fruit & thankfully all our activities are offset by Spekbome (Portulacaria afra) on conservancy land owned by our family".

The Fledge & Company is what happens when two folk don’t quite enjoy the status quo when it’s your nature to go against the grain when you need to forge a path mostly in the unknown, eschewing common place convention and taking that first defiant flight from the nest.

Handcrafting old-school wines of integrity, unfaltering quality, defying perceptions of origin, and being guided solely by the vine to showcase our passion – these are The Fledge & Co.’s reasons for being. Wines whispering of their origin; wines benefitting from careful cellaring; wines that are best decanted & accompanied in good cheer with fine fare – that’s our unwavering goal.

With these tenets, a penchant for the unconventional, and the pursuit of the fluid dynamic, we set about labouring away in the vineyards across the Cape of Good Hope to craft with care a nest of fledglings.

To life, love & wine!

White | Still | 75cl | 13% ABV | Contains sulphites

Cellaring: Ready to drink now.

Planted in 1968, this old dry land bush vine Swartland Steen (Chenin blanc if you must) is hand harvested & crafted Old skool involving a portion cold fermented & matured in stainless steel, the other fermented & matured in old French oak. Matured on fine lees (sur lie), blended & bottled unfiltered to jam-pack in all the flavours of this concentrated & flavoursome wine from the old vines.

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