Another masterpiece from one of the Cape’s premium Chenin Blanc producers, this has an enthralling nose with notions of honeyed pear, citrus and peach with a hint of waxiness aromatically. Offering captivating richness and concentration, in both texture and flavor, this has noted fruit intensity and flavor, citrus and peach/stone fruit, on its medium fuller to fuller frame, all things are in balance with a beam of acidity giving this vibrancy and driving it to a long and impressive finish. This is an exceptional Chenin Blanc that helps illustrate why the Cape is now recognized as being one of best places in the world for the varietal.
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5 Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Consistently stellar wild-fermented chenin, 18 (96 pts) stylish as ever, chalking up Bottelary Hills bushvines’ 54th birthday with 6th maximum rating in the guide, 4th in succession. Whisper of honeyed botrytis, juicy peach flavors – delicious, complex & carried to sweet-fruited conclusion on wave of ripe acidity. Resist for a few years at least.
94 pts winemag.co.za Dec 2019
The number on the bottle refers to the age of the vineyards in the year the wine was made and as ever with this, it ain’t short of richness. Fermentation in barrel occurred spontaneously and took eight months to complete before an additional month of maturation on the lees.
The nose shows citrus, stone fruit and some waxy character. The palate is super-concentrated, full and round, a terrific line of acidity lending balance and verve. It’s a very flavourful, rather dramatic wine
Grapes for this wine is harvested from a 54 year old single vineyard of Chenin blanc on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills, hence the number on the front of the bottle referring to age of the vines in the year the wine was made
Again careful attention to every grape coming into the cellar was necessary in the dry and arid 2018 vintage. Even though warmer temperatures than normal occurred during the harvest, hanging time was in line with other vintages. Botrytis development also took some time but did eventually occur after mid March drizzles.
54 year old bush vines from Bottelary property planted in ironstone.