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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2013

Gimme Hope Jo'anna.

Gimme Hope Jo’anna.

The 2013 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Beaumont in Bot River is an interesting proposition. It’s firmly into off-dry territory with a residual sugar of 7.3g/l (compared to 5.g/l for the splendid 2012) and it definitely has a sun-kissed quality about it – it’s rich and positively bursting with fruit including guava, lemon, white peach and pineapple. The wine was matured for 10 months in 400-litre barrels, only 15% new and there’s no oak character to speak of.

This makes it deliciously easy at the moment but the wine has nice coated acidity (TA is 6.4g/l) and a low pH of 3.2 which suggests the wine isn’t going to fall over anytime soon. Perhaps not as taut as 2012 but hey different vintage, different wine. R189.90 a bottle from Hermanus retailer Wine Village.

Score: 90/100.

Comments

  1. Sebastian Beaumont says:

    Wine must never be Coca Cola – every vintage must express itself! Especially with Hope! Or all Hope will be lost!!
    I like your review Christian.
    Cheers

    Sebastian

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