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5 Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Janno Briers-Louw’s signature wine, from low-yielding bushvines, now Old Vine Project certified, bunch pressed, 11 months in barrel, 10% new, tour de force 21 (95 pts) near-carbon copy of last vintage’s opulent elegance, with ripe yellow orchard fruit, melon, toasty almond & vanilla held in a perfectly judged structure that will carry the wine for many years.
Winemag.co.za – Prescient Chenin Blanc Report 2023: Top 10 – 93 pts
Grapes from vineyard planted in 1985. Matured for 11 months in 300-litre barrels. Intriguing notes of mint and other fresh herbs precede citrus and peach plus some waxy complexity. The palate is powerful – dense and thick-textured with well-integrated acidity and a gentle savoury finish. Lots going on.
The grapes were hand-picked from a 38-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 2021 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.
6700 bottles produced.