Nautical Dawn, False Bay, South Africa 2017

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Nautical Dawn, False Bay, South Africa 2017

36.00

Named after the second type of visible dawn (after ‘Astronomical Dawn’, but before ‘Civil Dawn’), Nautical Dawn is a Chenin Blanc from False Bay, where Chris says the vineyards produce “athletic grapes”. It’s a real crowdpleaser, sweeter in its fruit profile than the more restrained Radio Lazarus that preceded it and brimming with pineapple and papaya. 13% alc. Drink now-2030.

Greg Sherwood MW: “Another classic Chenin Blanc parcel from the False Bay that again shows wonderful defined site specific characters. Very different to Swartland expressions, this Rustenhof vineyard wine from bush vines planted in 1978 yields expressive aromatics of white citrus, white peach pastille, tart sour plum, crushed gravel, limestone and a dusty lemon rind note. On the palate, this wine shows incredible tension, acid frame, brightness and purity, so beautifully balanced but still slightly raw and saline at the moment. A wine of intensity and vibrancy, this wine packs a punch of note. This looks a good bet for ageing.” 94+ points

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