Vertical Tasting – Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc Vertical tasting – November 2008

1996        Deep yellow colour. Intense, complex, honeyed nose.
                   Nuttiness a little more prominent. Drying a little on the long finish. Still drinking well, but
                   clearly past its best. Drink up. 

1997        Deep yellow colour.
                  Maturing quite rapidly now after quite a long quiet phase. Delicious apple, mineral and honeyed nose.
                  Full, complex mouthfeel with steely back bone. Drink now, but may last a little longer. 

1998        Med. deep yellow.
                  Subtle creamed honey nose and dusty peaches. Rich, quite creamy palate. Slightly more chardonnay-like
                  probably due to higher percentage new oak than other vintages. Drink now, but should last for a few more years. 

1999        (Chenin Challenge Winner)
                   Attractive deep yellow colour. Lovely nose of apple strudel with honey and nuts. Soft nutty palate gives way to
                   lovely honeyed mature Chenin fruit. Drink now and should keep another 2 or 3 years at first. 

2000        Surprisingly pale yellow in colour – showing little age.
                    Similar to 1998, both very hot summers and it is amazing how well these wines are ageing. Damp hay, red peach
                    and litchi nose. A touch of honey and toasted oats. Delicious long palate with same fresh flavours coming through.
                    Silky textured palate, rich and crisp at the same time. Drink now, but should keep for at least 3 or 4 years. 

2001        Medium yellow colour showing little age.
                   Dusty peach and honey with a core of peachy fruit underneath. Palate showing rich peach fruit tempered by 
                   a slightly austere minerality/damp limestone cave. Just starting to open up and drinking really well now.
                   Enjoy over the next few years. 

2001        Keerweder – (Chenin Challenge Winner)
                   Pale slight gold colour showing very little age. Still surprisingly youthful with a restrained rather austere character.
                   Green apple with a touch of honey and toasted oats. Quite individual and appealing in a subtle, sophisticated way. 
                   Really complete mouthfeel with subtle fruit and steely, mineral character. Should still develop nicely over the next 4 or 5 years. 

2002        Med. light yellow colour. Quite rich, spicy peach nose. Damp hay and honey. A little more advanced than most of the other
                   wines for its age. Delicious now, but should last a few years. 

2003        Light yellow colour.
                    Still quite closed with dusty peach, subtle hay and honey nose. Oak integrating nicely, but fruit still to really emerge.
                    Elegant, slightly austere palate with a long finish. Needs at least another 2 or 3 years to reach its peak. 

2004        Attractive bright yellow colour. Dusty peach and nutty nose just starting to develop maturation bouquet with
                    some subtle honey flavours. Palate still quite youthful with dry nutty character. Fine oak tannins showing a little on the palate.
                    Drink now to 2012. 

2005        Medium yellow colour. Attractive complex nose, barely developing yet. Palate a little in between youth and any development 
                   complexity. Keep a year or so and drink over another 3 or 4 years. 



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