Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc is named after the founder of Nederburg, the “Anchorman”, Phillipus Bernadus Wolvaart whose first planting was Chenin Blanc. The Heritage Heroes range of wines, which also includes the Young Airhawk and the Motorcycle Marvel, pays homage to legendary people who have worked at Nederburg through the years.
Nederburg has a long wine-making history stretching back over 200 years to 1791 when Phillipus Bernadus Wolvaart was granted ownership of 49 hectares of land, in what is now Paarl, by the Dutch East India Company. He called his new property Nederburgh and immediately set about clearing land and planting vines. By 1808 he has planted over 63,000 vines laying the foundations for what was to become the wine company we know today. Nederburg has changed ha9nds many times through the years but is now owned by the large wine and spirit company, Distell.
The fruit for the Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc was sourced from old, low-yielding vines in Paarl and Darling. One portion of fruit was fermented in first, second- and third-fill 300-litre and 500-litre barrels. A second component was fermented in stainless-steel tanks, while a third was fermented in amphorae (clay pots). The fourth component underwent carbonic maceration whereby bunches are neither crushed, nor pressed, followed by spontaneous fermentation. The resultant wine tends to be light and fruity. This technique was chosen for the freshness it would impart to the wine. After fermentation, the various components were kept on the lees for nine months prior to final blending and bottling.
A lively, rich and layered food-friendly wine full of character.