Earth Essence : Unconventional wine
KWV Earth Essence Chenin Blanc is a stunning example of a variety South Africa has become famous for: made from perfectly ripened grapes from vineyard pockets in the Swartland. KWV combines natural indigenous extracts, containing high levels of antioxidants in the winemaking process to ensure longevity naturally. The result is a sun-ripened, fruit forward and fresh wine with a richness and generosity reminiscent of South African culture.
Similarly distinctive with hints of sunny South Africa is KWV Earth Essence Shiraz, made from Swartland grapes, one of South Africa’s most renowned wine regions. Crafted using no added sulphur and only antioxidant rich natural plant extracts this wine is also truly preserved by nature. Wine Lovers will discover red fruits like pomegranate, spice and floral notes on this juicy and generous but easy drinking wine.
The Rooibos Wood
After five to seven years, the Rooibos plant becomes too old for tea production and is pulled out. The plants are then dried in the sun before the Rooibos wood is finely milled and placed into infusion bags – ready to be used in wine production. Only about 5g of wood per litre is needed to preserve the wine.
Wine Making with Wood
50% of Earth's Essence is fermented dry on the Rooibos wood, while 100% completes malolactic fermentation on the Rooibos wood.
Fermenting and maturing wine with wood from the indigenous South African Rooibos (Fabaceae family species, Asplathus) and Honeybush (Cyclopia) plants, is a natural way of keeping it sulphur free.
The Rooibos and Honeybush wood also contains high levels of antioxidants that naturally preserve it against oxidation and spoilage.