Durbanville Hills Winery is on a promontory at the Eastern end of the Durbanville Hills Valley in the small Durbanville Wine Appellation. A combination of Distell and 9 prominent wine grape farmers in the appellation. Founding Cellarmaster Martin Moore and White Wine Specialist, Kobus Gerber, and their team source the grapes from the Eastern and Western slopes of the Valley.
Harvested at the perfect point of ripeness, the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed with minimal skin contact before the juice is run out of the press. It is then cold settled overnight and racked off the primary lees to the fermentation tanks. A small portion of the lees is retained for additional flavour. Thereafter it was racked from the primary fermentation lees and allowed to mature for another three months on its fresh lees to create a wine with a fuller mouth-feel.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is the classical lozenge shaped label. In the glass, the wine is a brightshining pale hay colour with lime green flashes. The aromas are very Chenin, soft sun-dried apricots, desiccated pineapple, yellow apples and windfall oranges. The palate has a perfect line of tropical lime acidity which runs through from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. The mid palate picks up the aromas and adds a touch of guava. An impressive glass made for now drinking, though it will reward you later after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2020 is a perfect sipping wine at the end of the day at sundown. It is great with food and has enough oomph to tackle a roast belly of pork or a dish of Vitello Tonnato. Nadia Graves’s Chicken with Chorizo, Chickpeas & Lemon Tray Bake is a perfect food match. Click HERE for her recipe
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