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On Reflection Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region 2017

SAB1124

Made by Boutinot

A defibrillating slap of Semillon sends this Chenin mothership into hyperdrive – the secret spine of this mineral thing – its ALIVE! A wine to reflect the role of Chenin Blanc in South Africa. Chenin’s versatility of style thrives in the Cape and is a natural blackboard for the region’s terroir. The name ‘On Reflection’ is intended to capture this particular, classic style as a portrait of the cultivar in the Coastal Region. Spoilt for choice having blended and tasted numerous possibilities for this wine, it was also upon reflection we realised our preferred style was that of a Paarl Chenin Blanc blended with a small portion of Semillon from ancient Franschhoek vines. We were looking for a little flesh and masses of texture, finesse and generosity hand-in-hand. It is intended to be a wine to savour, upon which to reflect on why Chenin Blanc has meant so much to style and reputation in the Cape.

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Production

A wine made from predominately Chenin Blanc with a blob of Semillon added for good measure. The Chenin Blanc is hand-harvested from vines planted in Paarl in 1977 and has all the hallmarks of the most abundant grape variety planted in South Africa’s oldest wine region. These dry-grown, unirrigated old bush-vines are grown on deep sandy soils over loam and granite which enables the roots to source the water table provided by Paarl mountain’s catchment of the moisture-laden ‘tablecloth’ clouds of the Cape. A high quality Chenin Blanc in its own right, we have added some zest in the form of ancient vine, limey Semillon (10%) from Franschhoek to the final blend which raised it to another level. This contemporary blend of traditional SA cultivars from two different wine growing areas, also classifies the wine as W.O. Coastal Region.

Tasting notes

A timeless style of Coastal Chenin intended to reflect why this cultivar works so well is South Africa. Bright affirmative Chenin Blanc from Paarl’s older bush vines is lifted further by 10% Semillon from ancient vines in Franschhoek. These combine for a rich, punchy, textural attack which mellows to a wealth of stone fruits, citrus and a touch of lime leaf from the Semillon on the finish. Tangy, rich and super positive.

Food match

Seafood tartare such as tuna tartare or salmon and avocado tartare, or try with light seafood pasta dishes and risottos.

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