Tim Atkin MW 95 points. "Combining grapes from Elgin and the Bottelary Hills, fermented in older wood and mostly unglazed clay amphoras, this is a brilliantly judged cuvée with quince, nectarine and grapefruit flavours, stony intensity and a waxy, balanced finish. 2022-28." TA. 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...
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%), Clairette blanche (9%), Sémillon (8%), Grenache blanc (7%), Roussanne (7%), Verdelho (6%), Viognier (6%), Marsanne (4%), Colombar (4%) The Aristargos 2021 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.
The Hoë-Steen vineyard was planted in 1968 west of Malmesbury towards Darling, in deep, red iron and clay rich soils. Most probably the deepest soils we work with in the Swartland. This block is a late ripener due to south facing slopes. This vineyard was planted on a “massale” selection method and grafted in the vineyard onto the root stocks a year after the root stocks were planted. A few Cape Riesling (Crouchen blanc), False Pedro, Palomino, Sémillon and Clairette blanche vines have been discovered since then. The vineyard remains predominantly Steen for us and we see it as part of the Cape’s old vineyard history which we are...
Introducing the fourth vintage of the Plat’bos Chenin blanc, planted right next to the Skaliekop vineyard in decomposed granite. Planted in 1981 on the Paardebosch farm, this vineyard contributes to both our main Chenin blanc as well as Aristargos and it will continue to do so. We have been farming this vineyard since winter 2013 and it has been a pillar in our granite approach towards our white wines. Grapes were harvested in the first part of February, being one of the earliest Chenin blanc vineyards we work with, planted on a northern slope. Harvesting took place over three picking dates and all lots were fermented and aged separately....
These vines were planted in 1985 in very shallow shale soils in the Paardeberg, being an anomaly as the mountain is granite driven. These soils prove why our region is known for wheat farms as it remains a difficult soil for vineyards in a warm region, dryland farm context. A small tractor road divides the Plat’bos and Skaliekop vineyards. Skaliekop was harvested mid/end February over three picking dates. The wines of the different pickings were aged separately, before blending and then bottling at the end of the year. This wine qualifies for the Certified Heritage Vineyards (CHV) seal and forms part of the Old Vine Project (OVP). Total...
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.
Tim Atkin 96 points. A wine of incredible density and precision. A hint of yellow suggests sun ripened berries, with a bright green hue promising freshness. Aromas of lime blossom, white peach, caramel and brioche are followed by a poised palate with an extremely concentrated core. This is a great wine that will reward decades of cellaring. A true statement of DeMorgenzon’s dedication to excellence. Very limited production. VINIFICATION AND MATURATION The grapes were picked in two different passes from a particular part of the old vineyard. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours, with bunch selection done in the vineyard,...
Honey, white peach and hints of pineapple are complemented by savory notes of roasted almond and toasted brioche. A fine mousse and refreshing acidity provides a remarkably refreshing drinking experience. Chenin Blanc grapes are handpicked and harvested for freshness and acidity at between 19.5o and 20.5o Balling. Grapes are pre-cooled and then whole bunch-pressed with the juice allowed to settle naturally. Half of the wine is naturally fermented in stainless steel tank, with fermentation being stopped to retain a certain percentage of the grapes own sugar. The barrel fermented portion is allowed to ferment naturally to dryness with periodic...
Top Ten Chenin, Winemag. Tim Atkin 91 points. The bright nose displays fine Chenin attributes of floral and citrus aromas. The crisp, refreshing palate has succulence and weight providing a finish with texture and good length.
92 Points Neal Martin Vinous Report 2021. Gold & Regional Trophy International Wine Challenge 2020. 95 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2020. Top 10 Winner Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge 2020.
Gold & Regional Trophy International Wine Challenge 2020. 93 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2020. 92 Points Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. 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 38% Roussanne 26% Chenin Blanc 22% Grenache Blanc 8% Viognier 6% Marsanne Appellation Stellenbosch
WineMag Top 10 Chenin Blanc , 95 points. WINERY NOTE: Procured from old Swartland dry land bushvines, this Chenin Blanc is characterized by a complex and intense concentration of flavours due to its low yielding vines. Layered expressions of citrus and tropical fruit surrender to subtle notes of honey and almonds. Matured for 10 months – 60% in 400 litre French oak and 40% in 2500 litre Foudre barrels – this wine is balanced and superbly structured.
Napoleon Bonaparte's personal favourite. 500ml bottle. The legend lives on. James Suckling 98-99 points. “Extraordinary aromas...it maintains citrusy freshness and texture... Always energetic and vivid. Great length to this. Goes on for minutes. It’s a sweet wine to drink when young, to marvel over the intensity and verve, yet also one to age for decades.” Matthew Jukes 19.5++/20. “ ... The 2018 vintage has otherworldly characteristics and I cannot remember a young vintage tasting so refined and demure... I was in a state of heightened anticipation, long before I raised the glass to my lips and the reward is exquisite. The perfume...
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