At Simonsig, we have a deep appreciation for the stories that our vineyards tell. Amongst these tales, the presence of old vines stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the land and the people who have nurtured it. We invite you to embark on a journey that celebrates the magic of old vines, explores the enchanting Langbult Steen Old Vine Chenin Blanc, and highlights the vital importance of preserving heritage. Join us as we uncover the rich tapestry of flavours and history that these aged vines weave into our wines.
The Captivating Beauty of Old Vines
Old vines, which in South Africa are required to be at least 35 years old, carry with them an allure that captivates both the senses and the soul. These venerable plants require extra care and attention, but the rewards are boundless. Their yields may be smaller, but their flavours are concentrated, expressing the true essence of the land in every sip. They reflect the terroir in which they grow and the people who lovingly tend these vineyards.
Cellarmaster and third-generation winemaker Michael Malan says, “The beauty of old vines lies in the fact that they have a long and rich memory within them; they have stories to tell.”
The Old Vine Project – Nurturing the Roots of Tradition
At Simonsig, we take great pride in being part of the Old Vine Project (OVP), a pioneering initiative dedicated to safeguarding the legacy of old vines. Initiated by the visionary viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, the OVP is committed to cultivating a culture of care for younger vines, ensuring their journey towards a vibrant and fruitful old age. Wines produced from certified old vines proudly bear the “Certified Heritage Vineyards” seal, a testament to their authenticity and adherence to the OVP’s rigorous guidelines.
The OVP’s mission extends beyond the preservation of old vines; it seeks to inspire winegrowers, winemakers, and wine enthusiasts alike to recognize the unique benefits derived from wines crafted from these cherished treasures. The remarkable quality of wines originating from certified heritage vineyards has gained global recognition, with numerous award-winning vintages spanning various wine styles, regions, and grape varieties.
In South Africa, the advantage lies in our ability to trace vineyard plant dates back to 1900, thanks to the meticulous records maintained by the South African Wine Industry Information Systems (SAWIS). This invaluable database serves as the backbone of the OVP, ensuring traceability and authenticity in the preservation of our viticultural heritage.
Sustainability and a Promise for the Future
The significance of old vines extends far beyond their historical value. These wise guardians of the land possess robust root systems that can reach deeper for sustenance. Furthermore, their clonal material equips them with resilience against diseases and extreme weather conditions. By embracing the value of old vines, we take a step towards a more sustainable and secure future for our vineyards and our planet.
This is inline with our commitment of farming for future generations as part of our many sustainability initiatives.
Langbult Steen: A Culmination of Time, Place and Passion
Within our esteemed collection, Langbult Steen Old Vine Chenin Blanc stands as a tribute to the remarkable legacy of our vineyards tended to by three generations of the Malan family. Crafted from our cherished old vines, this wine embodies the essence of time, place, and passion. With every glass, you embark on a sensory journey that encapsulates the rich heritage of Stellenbosch and the dedication of our winemakers.
As we raise our glasses to the enduring spirit of old vines, let us celebrate the remarkable wines that emerge from these time-honoured treasures and honour the commitment to preserving our viticultural heritage.
Discover the magic of Simonsig’s Langbult Steen and savour the harmonious blend of history, nature, and passion that makes this wine something truly special.