A new discovery from a tiny, single hectare of Chenin blanc vines in the Coteaux du Vendômois, whose vineyards lie on the both banks of the Loir, a tributary of the River Loire. Bright stone-fruit flavour and appetising freshness.
This wine is part of the superb parcel of wines `liberated` by MW Richard Kelly. Richard believes that Chenin Blanc is the world`s best grape variety and he is determined to preach this message with evangelical zeal to all the budding winemakers in South Africa!!
A very inviting South African Pinotage and a good example of this much questioned grape variety, the `bastard son of Pinot Noir`.... Very fragrant with a a light touch of purple and black fruits on the nose with a hint of pleasant cough syrup thrown in. With it`s spicy notes and grip it`s a perfect match for that mid week Chilli con Carne!
From Matelica the most interesting zone of Verdicchio. Pale, lemon yellow in colour, the 2009 is fresh and aromatic, with perfumes of white flowers and a touch of acacia honey. On the palate it is intense, with lovely depth of ripe, peachy fruit with a lemon twist on the finish.
South Africa`s signature grape, (derived by crossing Cinsault and Pinot Noir), has now created an international following. When carefully grown with limited yields, it produces an appealing red fruit aroma, a soft palate with ripe mulberry, sweet strawberry and a touch of herbs.
The juice was barrel-fermented in 228l second-fill Burgundy-shaped barrels, and matured “sur-lie” in thebarrel for 8 months with occasional “barrel rolling” to add richness to the palate. To accentuate the fresh citrus flavour, 32 % tank-fermented Chenin Blanc was blended with the barrel fermented portion.