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Boutinot 'The Tea Leaf'

Chenin Blanc, 2013

South Africa White

Piekenierskloof 75cl

Made from 40 year old bush vines, 750 metres above sea level this mountainous vineyard is also home to the indigenous Rooibos tea plants.
Made by the estimable Donovan Rall.
It's ripe Chenin Blanc, wild yeast fermented.
Ripe apple and pear on the nose, classic mature vine South African Chenin.
Really full on the palate with ripe apple and pear, pineapple and a touch of spice, concentrated and quite textural but also fresh and crisp at the same time.
I think it's a really delicious example, ripe but not overly, really tangy with lovely limey acidity on the long minerally finish. Beautifully balanced.
Delicious on its own but a versatile food wine; think fish, white meats especially pork, lightly spiced dishes too. Top wine.

Published: 18 July 2014

, Author: Noel

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