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(2021) Natural fermentation with native yeasts for this unoaked Swartland Chenin that spends six months on fine lees in tank. Nicely creamy, a little lanolin quality, and gentle lees-derived softness to the fruit. Quite full textured and the crispness of more apple and lemon fruit on the palate, youthful and slightly pear-droppy touches will ease over the next few months in bottle, and a nicely balanced wine.
(2019) Unwooded, this is fine, creamy, ripe, really attractive with a lovely bright and welcoming sweet fruit ripeness, A touch of RS, though mostly about sweetness of fruit. Very attractive and easy drinking.
(2019) Old bush vine Chenin is 50% of the blend with 35% Grenache and 15% Viognier. Lovely perfume here, rose petal and crisp apple blossom. Lots of sour lemon and nutty, but juicy dry apple juice character, very fresh. No Uk retail listing at time of review.
(2013) Adi Badenhorst is behind this wine, an approachable blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon. It's the expensive and more profound wines of Swartland that have put the region on the map, but we are now seeing these entry level blends creep into mainstream retailers and I have to say this successful example is right up my street. Filled with ripe, crunchy apple and a softening touch of peach, there's a creaminess here that's inviting. On the palate it is brimming with flavour, cut by lime and orange acidity and is both generously round and sharp as a tack. I could happily have this as my house white wine.
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