The 2016 Skerpioen came in slightly riper than in previous years, mainly on account of the drought and less soil moisture, but for some mystical reason the wine still retained very good levels of acidity. In some ways the same mineral and salty aromas are very pronounced and the wine finishes with a clear, flinty edge.
‘70+-year-old Chenin Blanc blended with Palomino from Dwarskerbos and Elands Bay. Picked early before the heat wave in January. The nose is backward yet generous and the promise of richness follows on to an exceptionally pure and chiseled structure. Florals and stone fruit combine with nougat and a salty, chalky finish that lingers on and on. Stunning wine that should easily last 10 – 15 years. One of the most balanced SA whites we have ever tasted.‘ – James Pietersen