In this vintage the yield was down significantly for we had very little rain in the St. Helena Bay area of the Swartland. As usual, this is the wine with the highest natural acidity and most linear form. The Skerpioen 2019 is salty in character with lime zest on the palate. It is a very focused wine and possibly the best we have bottled since 2012. Keep for at least a year or two before opening.
“Skerpioen is quite a place: a wind-swept, seashore vineyard with sand and limestone soils that makes one of the Cape’s most distinctive whites. Produced from co-planted Chenin and Palomino, it’s wonderfully yeasty, pithy and saline with mouth-watering freshness and notes of kelp and fresh bread. Drink 2022-29”
Tim Atkin, 96 points.