Platter Guide Winery of the Year 2020. Tim Atkin MW 95 points. Boekenhoutskloof’s Semillon is the only wine that Gottfried Mocke makes from a flat vineyard – and what a site it is, planted in 1902 on François Malherbe’s farm. Blended with a 40% contribution from much steeper La Colline, it’s subtly wooded, with lanolin, citrus and some stony sap, lovely balance and just a hint of extra perfume from a splash of Muscat’Alexandrie. Drink 2021-28. (95 Points, Tim Atkin MW)
Wines are registered with the South African Vegan Society. A world class Chenin, intense and complex. Naturally fermented in clay amphora and described by Catherine herself as 'peaches on a wet stone' it should develop beautifully with age. The wine offers layers of ripe yellow fruit, pineapple, white flowers with a mineral, flinty aftertaste. It has a delicious mid-weight texture with a long, lingering finish. (Kogelberg Biosphere, Elgin Valley, South Africa) TASTING NOTE: Our crafted Chenin is meticulously grown in the cool Elgin Valley and fermented in handmade, old world styled clay amphorae. These key attributes afford a wine with broad...
Darling Cellars Arum Fields Chenin Blanc has an explosive tropical nose of ripe peaches, pears and most definitely guava. This wine is well balanced with great structure and a good mid palate with guava flavours following through on the taste and a well-rounded finish. A great value wine that will compliment seafood, salads and light dishes.
“Where do David and Nadia Sadie find the time and energy to do the 20 pickings from the 14 vineyards that go into this stunning white blend of mostly Chenin Blanc with Clairette, Semillon, Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne? Early picked for freshness, it’s a seamless, layered blend with aniseed, umami, wild herb and citrus fruit and wonderful focus and poise.” – Tim Atkin MW, South African Special Report 2019 95 points.
The nose shows a hint of reduction before stone fruit, dried herbs, a little waxy character, earth and spice while the palate has great depth and texture for a wine with an alcohol of just 12.5%. Layers of flavour, nicely integrated acidity and a gently savoury finish.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100. Chenin blanc (49%), Roussanne (10%), Sémillon (9%), Marsanne (8%), Clairette blanche (7%), Viognier (6%), Verdelho (5%), Grenache blanc (4%), Colombar (2%). The Aristargos 2020 is yet again predominantly both Chenin blanc and Old Vines driven (Chenin blanc, Sémillon, Clairette blanche and Colombar), and the focus remains on the...
'This wine, incorporating grapes from seven separate vineyards on various soils with planting dates ranging from 1968 to 1985, just gets more and more refined. The nose shows pear, peach and citrus to go with potpourri and a touch of flinty reduction. The palate, meanwhile, is pure and concentrated with lively acidity and a saline finish. Each component part combining seamlessly, the end-result is a wine of particular poise and luminosity.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100.
Tim Atkin MW 92 points "To make up for the variety's comparatively low acidity in the Swartland, David and Nadia Sadie used seven days of skin contact on this old-vine Semillon, produced for the first time in 2018. Elegant, bready and showing some tannic structure, it's a promising début from this brilliant couple." - Tim Atkin MW, South African Special Report 2019.
Top Ten Chenin, Winemag. 4 Stars Platter. Deliciously fresh with honeysuckle, apricot, and floral aromas. The succulent palate has firm acidity and well-integrated oak flavours that provide a lengthy aftertaste. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 100% Chenin Blanc Appellation: Stellenbosch Alcohol content: 13.30% TA: 5.8 g/l pH: 3.4 RS: 3.10 g/l
5 Stars Platter. 95 points and Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards. 95 points Tim Atkin MW. White Wine of the Year SA Wine Magazine 2021 95 points Winemag.co.za Gold Medal, IWC 2020. 2 Trophies, IWC 2020. This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice. It’s a world class wine offering that strikes a brilliant balance between lush fruit and crisp, mouth-watering acidity. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 100% Chenin Blanc Appellation: Stellenbosch Alcohol content: 14.40% TA: 5.9 g/l pH: 3.34 RS: 3.7g/l...
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. 4 Stars Platter. The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 25% Roussanne 24% Chenin Blanc 23% Grenache Blanc 14% Chardonnay 14% Viognier
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. "Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville and Stellenbosch is combined with 37% Semillon from Franschhoek and Elgin to produce this spicy, toasty, 10% new wood-aged cuvée. Elegance and balance are complemented by flavours of grapefruit and passion fruit, a hint of cream and the extract of a warmer vintage. 2020-26." WINERY NOTE: A modern and intriguing white Bordeaux blend, the Delaire Graff White Reserve illustrates a playful juxtaposition of character. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, matured separately for 5 months in French oak barrel, then blended and kept on primary lees for an additional 8 months, this wine defines...
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