2011 Sadie Family "Old Vine Series- Skurfberg" Chenin Blanc Swartland South Africa

SKU #1118844 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Also from the Olidants River Region comes the 2011 Old Vine Series Skurfberg. It is born from three parcels of pure, old bush vine Chenin Blanc planted on decomposed sandstone soils. It has a very delicate, precise bouquet of walnut, lemon rind, blackcurrant leaf and lanolin. The palate is beautifully balanced with tightly wound citric fruit and minerals. The finish is reticent at the moment, but both its intensity and persistency suggest it will reward years of bottle age... Let me make it clear that these very limited bottlings are as much an intellectual exercise as a sensory one. If you are seeking wines that mean something -- then you should learn about them first, understand where Eben is coming from and then appreciate them for what they represent as much as how they taste. So my scores are in some ways irrelevant here. I just urge readers to understand them, try one out, make up their own mind, drop me a line and tell me what you think. And because they are so individual and I have only tasted the once or twice, I have refrained from drinking windows, but suggest that for the most part while they can be enjoyed young, they are also well worth cellaring.  (12/2012)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2013 | Send Email
I know that $45 is a steep price for Chenin Blanc, even from producers as famed as Huet in Vouvray, but this bottle is worth it. The Skurfberg Chenin Blanc has haunting, subtle, white fruit aromatics and clean, powerful primary flavors in the mouth. This is the only white outside of the great regions of France and Germany that I have ever had with a real peacocks tail finish... This great Chenin from Sadie Family came back even stronger than when it was in my mouth with an array of powerful, mineral driven flavors on the near endless finish. What a great bottle!
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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2013 | Send Email
This old vine Chenin Blanc from Sadie Family is the real deal. It shows subtle citrus and yellow fruit aromas and flavors with nuances of honey, minerals, and oily nuts. Its smooth, viscose texture is effortlessly balanced by precision in structure, and the dramatic, long finish leaves you with an impression of purity and authenticity that speaks to the combination of great terroir and gifted winemaking. A wine of distinction, worth every penny.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.