100% Chenin Blanc.
Ross’s late father Rodney originated from Devon. Deprived of the chance to go to university, he went to work for the National Provincial Bank, but still managed to maintain his love of both geology and seafood, a connection which has proved very fitting over the years. Exposed rocks along the northern coast of his county, dating back to the Paleozoic era, were found to contain a huge array of fossils of fish; hence the Devonian era became known as the ‘Age of Fishes’, marking the emergence of the first species to live on land! Although The Rascal’s father emigrated to South Africa in 1969, his life spanning two continents is celebrated with this wine, as is his love of wine, geology, and fish!
The vineyards for the Devonian are situated in Joubertskloof, 10km from Malmesbury on the Southern side of the Paardeberg. The fruit is taken from three individual blocks of old bush vine vineyards - all the sites are between 35-42 years old and are planted on south-east facing slopes of decomposed granite which sit at 100 - 200m above sea level. A natural fermentation took place in French oak barrels and the wine was aged on the lees until bottling until December 2019.