Mulderbosch Vineyards in Stellenbosch has Adam Mason as Winemaker. Adam’s wines could be considered as benchmarks of their type. Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2017 shines like a beacon as it expresses everything that is good about Chenin which has had contact with oak.
The grapes for the Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2017 come from 85% Stellenbosch and the other component is 15% from the Darling Wine Appellation. 60% of the blend is from vines older than 30 years and the remainder older than 20 years. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks with 28% of the blend going after fermentation into a 50% split of second and third fill barrels for a 6-month period of maturation. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the unique quirky cigar label. In the glass, it is a gem bright pale golden straw with green amber flashes.
It smells like
Brilliant ripe semi tropical fruits, desiccated pineapple, poached guava and melon.
It tastes like
From entry there is a lovely minerality about the wine which opens up into a full intensely fruited sappy mid palate beautifully balanced. The mango melon creaminess, the oak and its concomitant spices and a golden thread of acidity all in harmony. Beautiful wine – packed with flavour.
It’s good with
A serious sipping wine for sundowner philosophical conversation. It is a hero when it comes to food pairing and will go well with Oriental dishes, is perfect with a lovely buttery roast organic chickens. It works really well with my Brick Chicken – cooked under a brick sotto mattone. I am amused as I thought that I had invented the dish having seen a chef on TV putting a weight on a piece of steak. Meanwhile the Sicilians had been doing it for ever. Click here for my recipe.
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