(2021) Recent attention on high-end 'natural' renditions of Chenin Blanc has all been about the trending young bucks of Swartland, but here, one the Cape's most established Chenin experts proves that they can play along with the best. This is a fabulous wine, fermented with wild yeasts, unfiltered and unfined, it has a golden colour and beautifully honeyed yet stony nose, some gentle toast and apricot. On the palate there's a fat, confit lemon waxiness, loads of sweet, ripe apple and a lovely mouth-filling texture. Acidity is perfectly balanced in a rich, concentrated yet supremely elegant wine.
(2021) From the Roibos tea growing area of Piekenierskloof, around 400 metres above sea level and 300 kilometres north of Stellenbosch. Pure sand soils, this is from dry-farmed old bush vines. A particularly fragrant wine, lots of exotic spices and ripe red berries and cherries. A very charming wine this, the palate too, medium-bodied and sweet-fruited, but those garrigue (or fynbos) notes, dried herbs and a solid background of creamy, dark oak etched by grainy tannins.