(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.
(2020) What a beautiful wine, from 50-year-old unirrigated vines in Swartland, fermented in barrle with wild yeasts, and only 3,400 bottles produced. There's a definite whiff of gunsmoke and flint, then a lemon peel and apple brightness of fruit, but quite complex and very appealing. In the mouth that thrust and vigour of the citrus punches through, with excellent concentration and a bit of leesy richness of texture, a hint of creaminess, the finish long and tapering to a fine point. A lovely Chenin by any account.
(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) 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) Made with some staves and a combination of bush vines and trellised vines. Nice little bit of lift, a touch of watercolour paintbox, the palate fruity and bright, lowish acid but a nice grip of roughening tannin.
(2019) Fresh, lightly ashy nose, a little wood component does round it out, but it is quite wild and gamy in character, tobacco and spice, and on the palate good acidity and a rustic bite of tannin, quite long.
(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.
(2019) Grenache Blanc aged in older oak, and barrel-fermented. Much more natural in style, a lightly nutty and a nice savoury character to this - nice texture to, in a mouth-filling wine balancing ripe fruit with a good acid structure, just rounded-out by the creamy oak. No UK retailer at time of review.
(2019) Berries and nuttiness, a light meatiness, plenty of orange and lemon zesty fruit and acidity. There’s a dry, nut juicy character and if this can hit the UK at £8.99 or so it will be a buy - as will the white. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2019) One year in 500-litre barrels and foudre for this wine, made from several vineyards in the Swartland. Fine, bloody and delicately meaty nose, exotic fine spices, a touch of rose and bracken character. The palate ripe and sweet fruited. Such lovely tannin structure, a firm and steely backbone and long, pure fruit, tannin and acid balance.