(2019) Ken's Dirty Little Secret is his playful dig at the trendy 'dirty' winemaking of naturalista winemakers: dirty in terms of juice being fermented with skins and sometimes stems, and the wine bottled unflitered or fined, so it may show a little cloudiness. Ken has interpreted that with this wine from an ancient 1958 Chenin Blanc vineyard, dry farmed and planted in sand, the wine naturally fermented with wild yeasts. It's a dry, savoury wine expressing lots of minerality, dry and orange zest touches, saltiness, an umami meatiness but great surge of lemon freshness in the finish. A really good wine flirting with that 'natural' style, though not currently showing as available in the UK. Only seven barrels were made.
(2019) From the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, only 650 cases were produced. Barrel fermentation lasted 42 days, then the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques, 30% new. Natural yeast and minimal sulphur. Not at all dominated by the wood, a fragrant, lightly nutty character only, the palate very pure, the oak so refined, with a juiciness, a bright lemon jelly freshness, lovely, finesse and creaminess in the mouth. Stockist and price at time of writing are for the 2015 vintage.
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