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The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2014

Palomino, according to JancisRobinson.com, “can withstand drought well and produces a reliable crop of slightly low acid, low sugar grapes whose wine may oxidise easily – in short, perfect raw material for sherry”. It was once widely planted in South Africa but most of the wine is used for distilling or basic blends. Part of [...]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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Rivergold Chenin Blanc 2010

Lourens van der Westhuizen, winemaker at family-owned Robertson property Arendsig, makes an additional range of wines from sites further afield which he considers to show particular merit, these designated as “Inspirational Batch”. Yesterday a chance to re-visit the 2012 and 2013 vintages of Inspirational Batch 1 Chenin Blanc, made from an old Rawsonville vineyard. I [...]

August 12, 2015
by Christian
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Lateganskop The Zahir 2014

Yet another topdrop produced as part of the Breedekloof Chenin Blanc Initiative is The Zahir 2014 from Lateganskop. Grapes from a 21-year-old vineyard, a portion of these were cold soaked for 48 hours to extract extra flavour, before spontaneous fermentation and 11 months maturation in old oak. It’s not exactly everyday drinking being overtly oxidative [...]

August 11, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2011

The Five Generations Chenin Blanc from Cederberg Private Cellar is nothing if not carefully crafted. Barrel fermented and matured for 11 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, a third each first-, second- and third-fill, the final wine including a 6% unwooded portion from the 2012 and 14% Viognier. On the nose, lemon and peach, honeysuckle, [...]

July 23, 2015
by Christian
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Springfontein Terroir Selection Chenin Blanc 2013

Not all Chenin Blanc has to come off old vines from Stellenbosch or the Swartland in order to be good as the Terroir Selection 2013 from Springfontein near Stanford proves. From a single vineyard block planted in 1998 on sandy limestone soils, grapes were picked early, 60% of fermentation occurring in second-fill French oak barrels [...]

July 21, 2015
by Christian
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Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2014

Now in its third year, the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc from Slanghoek winery Optstal is emerging as something very special. From a vineyard planted in 1980, the wine undergoes and maturation for 10 months in a combination of 300-litre and 500-litre French oak barrels, none new. The nose of the recently released 2014 billows with [...]

June 12, 2015
by Christian
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Perdeberg Chenin Blanc 2015

“I don’t mean to be arrogant but I believe we’re the best producer of scale when it comes to Chenin Blanc,” says Albertus Louw, cellarmaster of Perdeberg Winery in Paarl. What kind of scale are we talking about? The team works with 700ha of Chenin Blanc vineyard, 30% of total plantings and remarkably 300ha of [...]

June 12, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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