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Boutinot 'The Tea Leaf'

Chenin Blanc, 2015

South Africa White

Piekenierskloof 75cl

This year this fabulous old vine Chenin has about 15% also old vine Grenache Blanc in the blend. Again made by the talented Donovan Rall.
Made from 40 year old bush vines, some 70-80 years old. 750 metres above sea level this mountainous vineyard is also home to the indigenous Rooibos tea plants.
It's ripe Chenin Blanc and a touch of Grenache Blanc wild yeast fermented.
Ripe apple and pear on the nose, a touch of ginger, pineapple and pepper too- classic old vine South African Chenin, also slatey minerality, like wet rocks if that makes sense.
Really full on the palate with ripe apple, and pear, pineapple and a touch of spice, really concentrated and quite textural but also fresh and crisp at the same time. It's a touch fuller and spicier than the 2014.
I think it's a really delicious example, ripe but not overly, really tangy with good acidity on the long minerally finish, spice too. Beautifully balanced.
Delicious on its own but a versatile food wine; think fish, white meats especially pork, lightly spiced dishes too. Top wine.

Published: 19 January 2017

, Author: Noel

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