Straw Wine 2023

A rich golden yellow color sweet wine with dried apricot and pineapple notes and nutty characteristics.

The wine is rich and velvety. Dried apricot, peach and pineapple flavours fill your palate with along nutty finish.

VARIETY: Chenin Blanc

WINERY: Orange River Cellars

WINEMAKER: Willie Biggs / Mosdop Dippenaar

WINE OF ORIGIN: Northern Cape

A rich and velvety wine that can be used as a aperitifs, but is best served ice cold after a meal, with or without ice-cream.

alc: 8,5 % vol rs: 283 g/l pH: 3,76
type: Dessert wine style: Sweet ta: 7,1 g/l
body: Medium/Full taste: Sweet pack: Bottle
size: 375ml closure: Cork unwooded
ageing:2 to 10 years
Facing: North / South
Soil Types: Deep alluvial ground
Age: 6 Years
Yield per hectare: 28 t/ha
Trellised: T trellis
Irrigation: Drip
Harvest date: Early February

Grapes are harvested at 22 to 23 brix by hand and deliver as cool as possible at the cellar. A specific parcel of premium Chenin Blanc grapes is used in the production of this delicious wine.

Once the grapes are optimally ripe they get harvested extremely gently.

The grapes get transported to the cellar where they are laid out with care to dehydrate on wooden racks. The dehydration process allows all the flavours as well as the sugars and acid to concentrate. Depending on the wind and ambient temperature this process takes between 10 to 14 days before the desired level of concentration of 40 balling is achieved.

The dehydrated grapes are then crushed and the juice/skin mixture is allowed 24 hours to just lay 'as is' in a cool room to extract even more flavours. After the 24 hour period the grapes are pressed in a basket press.

The resulting juice is transferred to older barrels where it is inoculated with yeast and allowed to ferment. After fermentation the wine also matures in the barrel for approximately 8 to 10 months before it is ready for bottling.


  • Veritas – Gold

  • Agri-Expo Silver Trophy - SA Champion Natural Sweet Wine

  • Gilbert GaIllard - Gold Medal

  • Michaelangelo - Gold Medal