VARIETAL: Chenin Blanc
ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.3% Vol | RS 2.1 g/l | pH 3.35 | TA 5.4 g/l
TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
Chenin Blanc from 68-year-old dry farmed bush vines grown on decomposed granite soils in Paarl. Grapes were whole bunch pressed with oxidative juice handling before a natural fermentation and malolactic fermentation, followed by 10 months ageing in old 600 litre Stockinger barrels. In this exceptional vintage, all the classical aromatics are on show with layers of complex crushed granite, struck flint, wet stone together with pithy white peach, dried baking herbs, fynbos and dry summer bushveld. On the palate there is an incredibly fresh, energising acidity that adds a wonderful frame to the rich textural concentration of yellow summer orchard fruits, pineapple pastille, toasted almonds, white peach and apple puree nuances. Drink on release and over 15+ years.
Wine Safari: 97/100 – Greg Sherwood MW