4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Literally, ‘with Oak’, & in 17 (90 pts) the wood is all older, 12 months. Voluptuous golden Delicious apple, nectarine, cinnamon-spiced quince & roasted nuts complexity. Similar refreshing conclusion to elegant 16, with more concentration in the flavours.
The 2017 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The dry warm weather produced grapes with small berries with great fruit intensity. The cooler nights and warmer days during the ripening period resulted in grapes with excellent colour and fruit formation. The Chenin blanc 2017 did not disappoint, we were delighted with the quality and intense fruit spectrum from the various blocks. We selected a few blocks that we picked earlier to obtain the natural acidity of the wine and then there were blocks that we pushed for optimal ripeness to capture the broad fruit spectrum.
The wine displays a light straw colour with a limpid appearance. Floral and fresh citrus aromas are followed by undertones of white peach. The palate is filled with concentrated layers of nectarines and lemon tart, with a fresh mineral finish. Subtle oak adds structure and complexity to this beautifully balanced Chenin Blanc.