95 pts winemag.co.za March 2021
Janno Briers-Louw of 7th generation family farm Eenzaamheid in Agter-Paarl reckons the 2019 vintage finally saw the full potential of the farm’s Chenin Blanc being realized. Grapes from an 18ha vineyard planted in 1985 by his grandfather, harvest entailed four different pickings, winemaking involving fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months in large-format oak.
Aromatics are compelling with notes of lime, white peach, dried herbs and hay, a little earthiness, and some yeasty complexity. The palate, meanwhile, has excellent fruit concentration, punchy acidity and a savoury, slightly bitter finish. It starts big (alcohol is 13.5%) but then the acidity becomes more prominent, the final impression being a pleasant pithiness. Super stuff.
4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
35 year old dryland vines reward with opulent , mouthfilling flavours of dried yellow peach & lime in standout 19 (93 pts). Succulent & silky from oak ferment & 11 months ageing with lees stirring. Whole bunch pressing & inhibited malo insure vivacious freshness & lively seam of acidity.
Hand-picked from low yielding old dryland bush vines.
Grapes are hand-picked and chilled prior to whole bunch pressing. Barrel fermented at temperatures between 12-15°C. No malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged sur lie in 300 litre French oak barrels and the lees are regularly stirred up for extra complexity and a rounder mouthfeel.
The grapes for the Chenin Blanc were picked by hand from a 35-year old, low-yielding parcel of dryland bush vines. The 2019 is stylistically very similar to our previous vintages and has the same attractive yellow fruit and richness, balanced by a crisp acidity. Our Chenin Blanc is known for its exceptional ageing potential.