(2019) From 40- to 45-year-old vines, this has creamier, less come-hither fruity character, more oatmeally and leesy. The palate again has very good fruit sweetness but this time swept up in a rush of sour lemon acidity that is mouth watering and gives lovely balance.
(2019) A recent addition to Marc Kent's portfolio, not labelled as Boekenhoutskloof, this is a mid-priced wine made from Swartland fruit. This new vintage was very young, with the pear drop note of fermentation and peachy fruit. Very clean and pure, a bright lemon and apple fruit, and good acidity, orange in the finish.
(2013) Chris and Andrea Mullineux of the eponymous estate are two of Swartland's brightest stars, this Chenin coming from three Swartland vineyards. Whilst the grapes have barely been harvested in Europe, this spanking new 2013 was harvested six months before in the southern hemisphere. Very pale in colour, it is still quite primary and 'tanky' (hints of pear drops), but a delicious suggestion of ripe crunchy apple and of pie pastry comes through, as well as a hint of salty minerals. On the palate there's a lovely rounded, honeyed, almost tobacco like tinge to this, the core of resonant, crisp orchard fruit emerging on the mid palate. Clean, fresh and dazzling in the finish, I'm not sure if it's the tropicality of very ripe fruit alone, or a hint of residual sugar too, but it finishes with a sensation of sweetness against the thrust of cleansing acidity.
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