Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MENU's Wine of the Week: The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2015 from Kaapzicht

The photograph shows the 2013 vintage from our cellar. The 2015 is in a, perhaps, more appropriate Burgundy shaped bottle
The vines for this exceptional Chenin were planted in 1947, hence the name. Wood and fruit are in perfect balance. As we said of the 2013 "It has a nice richness, sweet fruit balanced beneath the acidity and some slight charred wood notes on the end". If anything the 2015 is a step up from that. There is lovely, gentle citrus fruit but the wood is softer and beautifully integrated; the wine has a lovely freshness which should not be lost as the wine ages. 

As we said in our story about the Chenin blanc Showcase, it was the wine that there was the most buzz about in the room and many people, winemakers as well, said it was their favourite. It is ours. So elegant, so layered and just how good Chenin should be. Do yourself a favour and put a case away for a few years. It will reward you
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