A top note of thatch is underscored with a honeyed element to the orchard fruit, quince and melon notes aromatically. The palate is rich but beautifully balanced, layered and creamy, with good acid cut countering, giving vibrancy and a juicy quality to the flavors of ripe pear and melon. Seamless in texture this has noted length and should drink impressively for years, so there’s no hurry, although it’s a delicious drop as we speak. As side note, we tried this with a very high scoring Chardonnay that in its own right was exceptional, but this had just more of everything, texture, depth, persistence and length.
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5 Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
White flagship from 3 different sites, textbook 18 (95 pts) has vibrant orchard fruit, nuts, citrus & creamy vanilla from barrel ferment/8 months in older wood, like 17. Rich & curvy yet vivacious. Drinks well now but has a long journey ahead.
The Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018 was crafted from three different
wards and soils (Decomposed Granite, Oakleaf and Duplex) in
Stellenbosch, each contributing to the complexity of this wine. These
vineyards are all over 40 years old and unirrigated bush vines. The
canopy of the bush vines were suckered and tipped to ensure a cool
micro climate around the grapes with no direct sun and without botrytis.
The 2018 vintage was at the end of a three year drought, but these old
vineyards with its well established roots looked better than ever.
Aromas of citrus, quince, green melon and savoury notes on the nose
with layers of pear and honeysuckle on the palate. Elegant fruit and
integrated French oak flavours give this wine a silky mouthfeel and a
long, fresh, mineral finish. Enjoy now or mature up to 15 years at
optimum storage conditions