Moment of Silence 2021This is a all out Wellington warm climate blend of a bush-vine high altitude Chenin blanc vineyard, a old bush-vine Chenin on the valley floor, a organically farmed Grenache blanc on the lower slopes of the Groenberg and some Viognier The Story
At tastings I often get the question: "How do you conceptualise new wines?"
Although normally a firm believer in strategic planning, when it comes to new wines, I plan NOT to plan. You can never force a wine, you just need to follow the road you're on. The journey normally starts with a friend, which typically leads to another friend, new areas and vineyards. Ultimately I end up with a wine that expresses the journey more than the actual destination, a combination of these people and their habitat.
The perfect example of such a wine is the Moment of Silence. It's been a journey of epic proportion from the first vintage in 2007 until today - the release of the 2021 vintage. It all started off with a friend, Jan de Villiers, who took me to Wellington to meet a farmer. To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the area at first but by lunchtime that day I had completely changed my view. What made that meeting so significant in hindsight, was that I was unknowingly about to buy grapes from a farm originally owned by my direct family 7 generations ago and our meeting that day took place around the original Hauptfleisch dining room table owned by my family!It was only after 2 vintages of buying these grapes and making Moment of Silence, that my mom discovered this whilst doing a family tree - quite a confirmation don't you think?Moment of Silence 2021 is made up of 5 different vineyards:
Boberg: This vineyard grows on top of the Groenberg mountain in Wellington in decomposed granite. It was a neglected bush vine Chenin blanc vineyard that was recently resurrected and now being converted into an organically farmed parcel.
Hangbal: A super old bush-vine Chenin blanc that grows on the lower slopes on the northern side of the Groenberg. This is the first time I am incorporating this vineyard into the blend. Works really well and I foresee a promising future for this component.
Kleinplasie: The next 20% is made up of a younger, organically farmed, irrigated Grenache Blanc vineyard on the lower slopes of the Groenberg and another Grenache on the northern slopes of the Groenberg. In 2018, we started to experiment with different fermentation styles. Specifically with the Grenache we tried some skin fermented parcels and it turned out really good - the idea is to add some tannin and texture to the final blend.
Taaiboslaagte: And the last 5% of the wine is made up of a conventionally farmed Viognier Vineyard.Fermentation took place spontaneously in various vessels - Concrete egg shaped tanks, Amphore and older French oak. Aged for 8 months on the lees blended and bottled.Technical InformationCultivar: Chenin Blanc (65%), Grenache Blanc (25%), Viognier (10%)Vintage: 2021Region: Wellington
Amount of Bottles Produced: 16389
Vineyard: Boberg - bush vine Chenin blanc planted on the top of the Groenberg in decomposed granite overlooking Wellington. PW - a old bush vine Chenin blanc vineyard planted on "Koffieklip" at the foothills of the Groenberg. Organically certified bush vine Grenache blanc on decomposed granite with a touch of traditionally farmed Viognier.
Winemaking: The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and cooled overnight to 4 degrees celsius. The next morning the grapes were pressed as whole bunches. The juice underwent spontaneous fermentation in concrete egg shaped tanks, amphora and older French oak barrels. Deep winter the wine received one sulfur addition. 10 months on the leese, blended and bottled.
Alcoholic Strenght: 13.5% / volAcidity: 5.09 g/lPH: 3.66Reducing Sugar: 2.8 g/lFree SO2: 36 ppmTotal SO2: 85 ppmVolatile Acidity: 0.64 g/lClosure: DIAMVegan: YesVoice recordingHow to order
Due to the many small batches of wines we make, availability changes on a daily basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to order any of our wines or if you are looking for a specific wine, and she will reply with a list of wines now selling. If the wine you are looking for is sold out, we could suggest some alternative excitement and/or we could also put together a unique selection for you.
Please also make sure you add your name to our list below. You’ll be the first to know of new releases.