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SUZY BROKENSHA

What’s the big deal about old vines?

You’ll see the phrase ‘old vine’ tossed around quite a lot these days, especially when it comes to Chenin or Sémillon. But what does it mean?

A vine should be more than 35 years old to be considered ‘old’.

Old vines are said to produce less – but more concentrated – fruit, so the taste of the wine is enhanced.

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April 2020