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(2019) A wine I have admired for many, many years, FMC is Chenin at its most opulent. From low yielding bush vines planted in 1974, it is harvested at full maturity and fermented with wild yeasts in new 400-litre French oak barrels. Some botrytis is always part of the harvest here, though the 9g/l of residual sugar is easily absorbed by the acidity and structure. Honeyed, nutty and ripe, there's a quince and fig touch to this, before a luxurious palate, rich with honey and nectarine, sheer acidity will ensure longevity too. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for the latest vintage.
(2019) Some oak on this, but otherwise broadly similar in its style - but everything notched up: creamy, intense, luxurious, but dazzling fruit. More delicately oaked than a typical Pessac, which it reminds me of, but more vibrant and vivacious too. Again from Groenkloof in Stellenbosch.
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