Capensis, Silene, Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2017
Capensis is a family of three wines dedicated exclusively to Chardonnay. The name
Capensis is taken from the Latin word meaning “from the Cape,” and pays homage to
their home in South Africa, one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world. The
ancient soils, dramatic landscapes and historic vineyards of Stellenbosch, Overberg
and Robertson are the foundation for Capensis, which honors the greatness of South
Africa. Winemaker Graham Weerts has carefully selected the finest Chardonnay
vineyards within the Western Cape to create these expressive wines.
The 2017 ripening season had a slow start and although drought was a big concern,
crop levels were higher than those harvested in 2016. This season will be remembered
for cool nights with warm, dry days that lead to healthy, small berries with great
concentration and color – a vintage that produced wines of exceptional quality.
The intent of Capensis Silene Chardonnay is to highlight the nuances and profound
flavor profile that can be found in the Stellenbosch winegrowing region. As a
contrast to the winemaking practices of the flagship Western Cape Chardonnay –
which is a blend of several distinct sites from across the Western Cape – winemaker
Graham Weerts focuses on the unique terroir of Stellenbosch for Silene. A blend
of two mountain vineyards, our estate Fijnbosch vineyard and the neighboring
Nooitgedacht vineyard, provide an aromatic explosion of lime, lemon, orange
blossom, jasmine and spice. A tight palate of citrus and rich minerals drives a
saline finish, light on its feet yet dense and long.