Elgin is the famous apple growing of South Africa where one can else find some fantastic vineyard sites. These benefit from a cooler climate thanks to its elevation and distance just a few miles in land. The Chenin Blanc vineyard that Lucinda sources her fruit from is planted on Bokkeveld shale just above the river at about 300 metres above sea level.
This is a superb Chenin with very fine tension and plenty of crunchy green apple to start. “Some intriguing reduction before lemon and white peach plus a “wet wool” note on the nose. Great fruit concentration and snappy acidity before an intensely savoury finish. Manages to combine lush texture and phenolic grip to good effect. 92 points.” Winemag.co.za
Illimis is brought to us by surfer winemaker/viticulurist Lucinda Heyns, Illimis wines offer a “look through the window” in to the vineyard. Illimis - meaning clarity in Latin perfectly portrays this. Part of the young wave of winemakers, like Xander, able to buy parcels of fruit across the Western Cape, Lucinda works with a site in Elgin for her Chenin, and one farmer in Darling for her Cinsault. Still in its early days, Lucinda’s day job sees her working as a viticulturist at the Institute of Grape and Wine Sciences.