The Chenin blanc vineyard on Nuweland is typical of large-scale plantings that were popular during the co-operative era: a relatively huge 17Ha block of dryland bushvine Chenin panted in 1981 and 1982. The deep red soil is derived from granite and shale. In some places it almost looks purple.
Don’t let the huge vineyard thing fool you. Some of the Cape’s best vineyards are huge old beasts that were planted with volume production in mind. Now with vine age and low yields, great sites like Nuweland produce compelling wine. Think ripe apple and lemon rind with serious structure and substance on the palate. Nuweland is an extremely reliable site. It never seems to have an “off vintage”. This vineyard contributes good structure and acidity to Cartology.