David & Nadia 'Hoe Steen' Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2016

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David & Nadia 'Hoe Steen' Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2016

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Only 530 bottles produced. Made from a dry land farmed bush vine vineyard planted in 1968 in decomposed granite based soils, with coffee stone and quartz on top, on the Western side of Malmesbury. Vines are physically “high” due to an old philosophy of not cutting/pruning back old vineyards and avoiding big pruning wounds (which makes vines receptive to die back and other infections). It is therefore big and tall bush vines, a very unique sight to see. 5 ***** Stars, John Platter Guide.

Greg Sherwood MW: “Like many of the 2016 Chenin Blancs, this wine displays more subtlety, restraint, elegance and finesse with a slightly more refined, fine boned structure than the big, broad, intense 2015 expressions. The nose is more delicate and soft spoken, showing white peach, crunchy green pear, tangerine peel, fynbos, baking herbs, and incredible dusty, crushed granite mineral lift. The palate is electric and fresh with a dry lemon, rasping mineral intensity, subtle smoky reduction and picante spice notes. Like the 2015, there are beautiful, beguiling saline maritime notes that spar with the bold zippy acids. This vintage is all about speaking intelligently with authority and sophistication rather than preaching in a loud, punchy, doctrinal style. The extra restraint, twinned with balance, harmony and inner core tension make for another profound Chenin Blanc expression. Drink now or keep for 8 to 15+ years.” 95+ points

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