LEFT HAND DOWN WIND 2020
- James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Cultivar: Chenin blanc planted in early 1980s
Origin: 33°31’20.3″S 18°49’08.5″E
So what is the idea?
Julie, the author of this piece. . . a thought on humility . . . shares my views on this matter. Very eloquently, I recommend the read.
For those who have not seen the movie, two characters, Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, finally comes face-to-face with famous photographer Sean O’Connell, played by Sean Penn. O’Connell is waiting to catch a snow leopard on film. When the snow leopard finally comes into view, O’Connell utters the above remark and then did something that is very difficult for most people today: He stayed in the moment and drank it in. He simply sat there, marvelling at the creature.
Chenin blanc is one of the unassuming cultivars that we use to make wine. It doesn’t have the distinctive flavour profile of some of its more illustrious counterparts. But, it is a beautiful canvas to portray where it comes from. The soil, weather, vintage, and region can speak so much louder to reveal the true beauty of its terroir.
This wine was fermented in a stainless-steel tank and after some prolonged lees contact, it was given a drop of its barrel fermented cousin to round off the picture. The product is a wine that has poise, depth of character, and is serious enough to sip on its own. But it will also not shy away from friends and a braai.
About the wine
ABOUT THE WINE
In life, it is good to know what your position is. History tells you how you got here while the future stretches over the horizon with all its possibilities and considerations. This wine invites you to stay in the present and enjoy both. On the Left-Hand Downwind leg of the flying circuit you have your end goal in sight but are still enjoying the freedom of flight.
This vineyard was selected to craft a wine for enjoyment rather than scrutiny. The dark organic layer on the “bankies” is unique to this region and helps with water retention and nutrients in the harsh summer season. The block was planted in the early 80s and the roots have found their way to water by this time, yielding fruit that is consistently true to its environment.
This wine was made to either age for a couple of years or to be enjoyed today.
1 Sam 17:29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”