Botanica Wines is located at Protea Heights Farm in the Devon Valley, just 10 minutes from Stellenbosch. Ginny Povall makes wine whilst simultaneously running a luxury guest lodge and a flower cultivation business. Back in the late 1940s, it was the first farm in South Africa to cultivate protea flowers; four of the varieties that are grown were hybridized by a former manager and are unique to the farm. In keeping with the botanical theme, the wines now carry the name of the 18th Century British artist, Mary Delany, whose cut-paper collages adorn the label.
Ginny arrived in the Cape back in 2008 with some basic knowledge of winemaking through evening and weekend courses at the University of California and plentiful background reading. Winning Platter 5 Stars from the outset and having to adapt to South African winemaking practices, she really has hit the ground running!
100% Chenin Blanc
The grapes for this wine were harvested at optimum ripeness, hand sorted, crushed and destemmed. The juice was immediately pressed and cold settled for 2 days at 10C. Half was fermented in stainless steel tanks and half was fermented in 400 litre French barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the fine lees in stainless steel tanks/ wood barrels for 9 months
Works well with spicy food, white fish, shellfish and mild & soft cheese.