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94 pts Wine Spectator Web Only – 2019
This has developed beautifully, exhibiting an open-textured profile, featuring notes of roasted pineapple, hazelnut and fenugreek. Exotic flavors are supported by the firm acidic backbone flowing through, connecting all the elements and keeping this focused. Shows a long streak of sel gris on the finish that invites you back for more. Chenin Blanc, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Sémillon, Viognier and Colombard. Best from 2021 through 2034. 431 cases made, 250 cases imported.
94 pts Wine & Spirits
Adi Badenhorst bases this blend on old-vine dry-farmed chenin blanc, then adds an array of other old-vine white grapes to the blend—the 2016 includes roussanne, grenache blanc, viognier, verdelho, grenache gris, clairette, semillon and palomino. It’s a wild, opulent white, the nutty notes and rich yellow-apple flavors countered with an elec- tric streak of lemon-pithy acidity. Sunny and cool at once, with a salty, stony savor, it’s a grand white wine, to decant now for buttery seafood dishes or to age for another decade.
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