2023 Botanica "Flowergirl" Albariño, Stellenbosch, South Africa
ABOUT THIS WINE
This organically farmed vineyard faces southwest at a 200m elevation. Soils are comprised of vilafontes, a gravel derived from shale. Grafted in 2018 onto rootstock planted in 2009. The grapes were hand harvested at 22° B, hand sorted, destemmed, crushed and gently pressed before being fermented in a concrete egg with native yeast.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Ginny Povall is the heart and soul behind Botanica, and much like Ginny herself, these wines beam with life and a great sense of purpose. Originally from Massachusetts, Ginny eventually made her home at Protea Heights, a farm on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. For several decades, Protea Heights established a reputation as the first farm in South Africa to cultivate their national flower, the Protea. Ginny continues growing flowers and in 2009 expanded the farm when she planted several hectares of vineyard. For over a decade now, she has poured herself into Botanica and quickly become one of the most exciting winegrowers in the region. Since the inaugural vintage in 2009, Botanica has consistently produced some incredibly compelling wines from very special, but often overlooked, regions and vineyards across the Western Cape. All the wines are vinified and bottled at Protea Heights. In addition to the Botanica range, Ginny now produces several wines under the Big Flower label, which utilizes the fruit grown on her property.