Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2016
People keep talking about Chenin Blanc as though it is a new variety just discovered. We have been waylaid by new grape varieties and new wine regions that we have pushed our most planted white wine grape to the back of the wine cupboard.
The South African Chenin Blanc vineyard is six times the size of that of its home, the Loire Valley in France. There are some very old Chenin Blanc Vineyards in our winelands. These have all been mapped by viticulture guru Rosa Kruger in order to preserve them.
Adam Mason, the winemaker at Mulderbosch, uses grapes from their own Chenin Blanc vineyards, Wine Appellation Polka Draai, and adds to them a selection of grapes from their dedicated contracted growers from the Darling, Elgin, Faure and Bottelary Appellations.
Fifty year plus Chenin Blanc Vines
The grapes for the Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2016 were harvested with high acidity and best flavour ripeness in mind. Once destalked, crushed and settling of the juice, 90% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and the balance in French oak barrels. Half of the barrels were first fill and the remainder, both 2nd and 3rd fill. The wine was then blended and prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle. The label is a quirky one looking like a cigar label. In the glass the wine is pale gold with green edges.
It smells like
Classic Chenin fruit aromas, guava, ripe piel de sapo melon. White flowers.
It tastes like
Brilliant, rich, layered with ripe yellow fruits, guava, paw paw, and sweet tropical limes. Beautiful balance of fruit, oak, acidity leading into a long and gently waning aftertaste.
Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing
It’s good with
This is a great, though serious, glass on its own. Excellent as an aperitif and with foods like butter roasted chicken, Italian Spek on a crisp bruschetta. Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing is a perfect foil to this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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