Born at the inaugural Swartland Revolution the Silwervis range of wines are made to honestly and simply reflect the nature of the soils on which they are grown. The wines are made from grapes that are traditional to the area and vinification and élevage are natural as possible with minimum intervention.
The Chenin Blanc grapes are sourced from a single vineyard located on the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg. Harvest is done by hand and the grapes are left in whole clusters to start spontaneous fermentation in stainless steal tanks. The grapes are slowly crushed by hand over two weeks to release the fermenting juice and allow for skin contact to take place. The juice is then transferred to a 670l Nomblot concrete egg where the wine matures for 12 months. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with no additions of yeast, enzymes or acidity in-keeping with the Swartland Independent rules of winemaking.
The nose presents with chamomile, white flowers, honeycomb notes and high notes of musk, jasmine and lemon rind. The texture of the wine is grippy, rounded but delicate with a powdery, fine tannin from the skin contact and a saline, mineral and iodine characteristic. The palate has hints of winter spices of ginger, cinnamon and long finish of fruit driven flavours of citrus, apricot and raw almond waxyness. Drink now until 2025. Best paired with fresh salads, tapas style meals of olives, charcuterie, and cheeses or light meat dishes such as chicken, pork and pastas.