Eekhoring, De Kleine Wijn Koop, Swartland 2017

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Eekhoring, De Kleine Wijn Koop, Swartland 2017

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South Africa's 'New Wave' is taking Britain by storm with its merry band of heel-stomping, be-bearded minstrels bringing their wonderful wines to jamborees across the land and we love getting caught up in the raucous atmosphere, donning our dungarees and crying "yee haw!" every time we hear the words 'wild yeast' and 'skin contact'. It's all hooting good fun, but there is an elephant in the room (an African one, of course) and it's the prices. 

So what do you do if you want to be part of the hullabaloo, but you can't afford a £30 limited production, single barrel, old vine Chenin Blanc from a remote granite outcrop on the Paaderberg? Well. that's where this wine comes in. It's made in the same creative spirit by a group of young guns sourcing prime Swartland fruit (sound familiar?), but they vinify the wine at the local co-operative (De Kleine Wijn Koop), so it comes in at a fraction of the price, even though its production is limited to just 6,000 bottles. It's a gorgeous, soft-fruited blend of Chenin Blanc (78%), Grenache Blanc (10%), Marsanne (9%) and Viura (3%) showing apple, oats, honey, lime and a real sense of place. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2019.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin):De Kleine Wijn Koop means 'the small wine co-op' – a project started by some visionaries to give young talent a place to flourish. 78% Chenin Blanc, 10% Grenache Blanc, 9% Marsanne and 3% Viura. Fermented in a mixture of stainless-steel tanks and old neutral French oak barrels, then aged on the lees for three months. Hazelnut aroma and then avocado creaminess spreads across the palate, spiked with sharp, sherbetty lime fruit and a mouth-watering jalapeño bite. Just a little prickly with potential to get more waxy and mellow in a couple of years. For now, the perfect fajita wine! Good Value. Drink now-2022.” 16.5 points

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