- White Wine
- Chenin Blanc
- Medium Bodied
- 12.5% alc./vol
About the Winery
Radford DaleRadford Dale and The Winery of Good Hope are two brands made by the same people, in the same winery. The team behind these wineries has been an industry leader since the 1990s in chemical free farming, and more recently in low and no sulfur winemaking. They are a founding member of PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) which sets ethical, environmental and social uplift standards. Recognizing the social inequality present in South Africa Radford Dale has also set up a trust called Land of Hope to help facilitate bright futures for children, focusing heavily on education.
Alex Dale who owns and manages both projects is an Englishman who grew up spending summers in Burgundy, France. He moved there in his late teens to follow a passion for winemaking and also opened a wine bar in Beaune. He lived in Burgundy for many years before moving to South Africa in 1998, starting Radford Dale with Ben Radford, an Australian. The idea was to produce wines using modern techniques and technology with a healthy respect for tradition, something Alex came to understand well while living in Burgundy.Wines are made with minimal intervention in order to best express each vineyard’s individuality.
Based in Stellenbosch and convinced of the variety’s greatness, Radford Dale has been a champion of quality Chenin Blanc from cool sites since the late 1990s. Planted on granite, the vines here are 40 years old and are almost entirely bush vines and are handpicked. Mid-lemon in colour, the 2018 features mouthfilling ripe apricot fruit with good weight and a seductive texture - but also finesse that comes from the restrained level of alcohol. The wine is completed by a long, vibrant finish.