Anthonij Rupert Van Lill & Visser Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal, South Africa 2016

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Anthonij Rupert Van Lill & Visser Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal, South Africa 2016

18.95

The pale white gold colour suggests this is a bright Chenin Blanc, not a cloying one and so it proves. Sour honey and apple sauce on the nose. My 8 year-old daughter says it smells 'tastable', which kind of makes sense, because it makes your jaw start to chew in anticipation. A hint of hay or oatmeal or grist or something like that adds extra intrigue. Plenty of pithy fruit (grapefruit, lemon) on the palate and really quite fleshy and dry. Lovely stuff and a keeper!

Basie van Lill of Arbeidsend and Jozua Visser of Oudam have owned and worked these vineyards for decades. The vines share space with fynbos and rooibos tea bushes, not to mention a few sheep. Planted in 1964, the vines are on either red sand or clay on the Skurfberg mountain and the area's height above sea level, naturally low rainfall and treasury of old vines that don't have the benefit of irrigation result in delicately aromatic but concentrated wines. If you are into your South African wines, you will be interested to know that Chris Alheit and Eben Sadie buy grapes for their top Chenin Blancs from here.


Press review:

Jancis Robinson MW: "Heady nose from Skurfberg fruit. Intensity plus lift. Really well done. Demands attention. Density and longevity." 17.5 points

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