02/07/06 – L’Avenir (South Africa) Chenin Blanc 2005

L’Avenir (South Africa) Chenin Blanc 2005
The South African estate of L’Avenir was purchased by the ambitious Michel Laroche of Chablis in October 2005. At a recent tasting of their range the wines were outstanding, but I have chosen this dry-farmed Chenin from a 30-year-old vineyard because it shows what marvellous potential this grape has in the Cape when grown and handled carefully. It has a lovely nose: rich, mealy, with plenty of nutty and apple fruit and a sense of depth. On the palate there’s an immediate sweetness, with plenty of racy, crisp pear and apple and a little hint of more tropical ripeness. Lovely acidity is crisp but integrated and supportive. Beautiful stuff. 7.49, Great Grog, Andrew Chapman, everywine.co.uk, Wine Raks.