This Western Cape Chenin Blanc is tipped with 14% Sauvignon Blanc, diluting Chenin's characteristic beauty and replacing it with a placeless white blend. Pear, yellow apple and white peach have a fine cushion of stony lees and a zippy acidity. Sour lemon throughout, to the short finish. A simple, stark white that is best well chilled and served with fresh, sweet spot prawns or scallops.
The vintage for this crisply fresh, ever-reliable Sauvignon has just changed over to 2014. It is every bit as good as ever, with fresh lime, passion fruit and grass herbal notes, finishing dry enough to pair perfectly with oysters on the half shell. Outstanding value.
Cool-fermented with long exposure to the lees, the lavishly perfumed tropical blossom and tropical fruit bouquet leads into surprisingly clean and crisply dry white peach flavours supported by attractive mineral character and refreshing acidity.
Most definitely a cool-climate interpretation of Syrah. Grown at higher elevations and on granite soils (which Syrah loves), it is elegant, with black pepper, violets, plum, oregano, cured meat and hints of hickory. Tannins are flush and provide 5 years of cellaring if so desired. Rack of lamb marinated in rosemary and garlic is the way to go.
Ripe melon, creamy pear, greengage and fleshy nectarine is textured with spicy apricot fuzz. Lees plumps out the round mid-palate, before a bright bitter citrus and herb finish. Though a tad clumsy, this incredible-value, youthful wine brings all of Chenin's orchard-creamy richness and is a worthy buy.
Shows surprisingly intense scent of lime with background tropical fruit notes. Pure lime hits the palate first, together with lemon, gritty mineral and vibrant acidity. Pure crisp clean flavours call for grilled seafoods or lightly spiced oriental dishes.
From the man credited with figureheading the Swartland Revolution, this Chenin Blanc is a highlight of the South African offerings on our market. If you see it, buy. And this is his "entry-level" Secateurs line, from selected old-bush vines on granite slopes. Cream, wild herbs and meadow flowers are drawn across a very waxy palate, where spiced pear and subtle fennel notes join in. Savoury, with precise lemon-zest vibrancy, broken stones, roasted nut, medicinal lemon balm and gentle honeycomb, this young vintage finishes smoothly, with some gentle waxy warmth. Drinking now well, but will hold with short-term aging.