NEW! Metzer 'Montane' Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2017

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NEW! Metzer 'Montane' Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2017

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It’s our self-appointed duty to let you know who is at the sharp end of the South African wine scene at any point in time, and we take that responsibility very seriously, so we endured an arduous week of hospitality in The Cape last year in a bid to find out who was bubbling under the surface and two names kept cropping up. One was André Bruyns, whose ‘City on a Hill’ Chenin Blanc has since shot up the charts, and the other name was Wade Metzer, so we hotfooted it over to meet him.

Wade has worked with some of the top names in the The Cape, including Jordan and Tokara, and when he started up in 2006, he was helped by none other than Swartland legend, Eben Sadie. He works in a non-interventionist way in a bid to retain the essence of the fruit and the terroir: “Our grapes are ethically cultivated, respecting both the environment and human resources. In the cellar, a great emphasis is placed on the minimum handling of fruit, and no mechanical interventions with pumps, filters and reverse osmosis machines are ever used in the process. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts, alive on the grapes and resident in the cellar, lead to long, stable extraction times. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve the "life-forces" from vineyard to bottle.”

The ‘Montane’ Chenin Blanc comes from a tiny 1.3 hectare vineyard of bush vines planted in 1964. It’s a stunning wine. The use of 10% new oak adds a bit of bling to the aromas, dusting the white-fleshed stone fruits with a little stem ginger opulence while the saline bite and mineral crunch (imagine the aromas in a marble workshop) add further intrigue. This is already one of the finest Chenin Blancs being made in South Africa today. 13% alc. Drink now-2027.


Press review:

Tim Atkin MW
: ““With old vine fruit,” says Wade Metzer, “the less you do, the more the wine responds.” That’s certainly the case on this stunning Helderberg Chenin Blanc, sourced from a 1964 vineyard on decomposed granite soils. Picked late, it’s a taut, razor wire-precise white with incredible intensity and palate length. 2020-2028.” 95 points

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