5 Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Producer’s signature wine, from low-yield dryland bushvine, 36 years old. Elegant opulence in 20 ***** (95 pts), honeydew melon & ripe Golden Delicious apple in a perfectly crafted oak frame, 10% new, 11 months. Lees stirring brings extra complexity, tempered by freshness from eschewed malo. Bunch pressed & barrel fermented. Pure joy now & for years.
The grapes were hand-picked from a 36-year-old, low-yielding parcel of bush vines, and chilled prior to whole-bunch pressing. The juice was barrel fermented at temperatures ranging from 12-150C, with no malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged sur lie in 300L & 400L French oak barrels, with regular stirring of the lees for extra complexity and a rounder mouthfeel.
The 2020 is stylistically very similar to our previous vintages and has the same attractive aromas of bruised yellow apples, hay and a touch of
beeswax. The palate displays a lovely richness and a fleshy mid-palate texture as derived from the sur lie ageing process, while the fruit flavours are perfectly balanced by the wine’s crisp acidity. The oak component never overpowers the wine’s inherent varietal notes but adds subtle interest in the background. Lengthy flavours of baked apple pie and winter melon linger on the finish. Our Chenin Blanc is known for its exceptional ageing potential and will reward careful cellaring for up to 10 years from vintage.
4000 bottles produced