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(2023) Once again a library vintage to taste, though this one is available at time of review for £55.00 per bottle. Golden yellow, with nutty, apricot, and all sorts of exotic seed and waxy herb nuances. Stunning fruit quality, so much golden nuttiness yet brilliance. Arguably wine of the tasting.
(2023) A preview of this wine, not released in the UK at time of review. So layered and silky lots of cream. Such an unctuous texture, thick and almost oily, with a saline character then the apricot fruit comes through. Delicious and, though youthful, already has such fabulous, layered depth.
(2023) There's a tiny production of this wine, of which I have loved every release so far. It's Ken's nod towards natural wine, a blend of five vintages from an ungrafted vineyard planted in 1959 at 600 metres in Piekenierskloof and aged in barrel. Wonderfully creamy, keen, fresh citrus and apple acidity. Yes, it has the earthy character I associate with wild ferment and leesy natural wines, but is pin-sharp and oh so delicious.
(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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