2014 FRAM Chenin Blanc Citrusdal Mountain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chenin Blanc is matured in used barrels for around ten months, undergoes a little SO2 and bottled. It comes from two vineyards. It has a phenolic bouquet, a little resinous with honeysuckle and jasmine, a touch of warm gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, but this is more about texture than fruit with hints of ginger and lemongrass towards the finish. Drink over the next 5-8 years. (NM)
Thinus Krüger, CEO / President / Winemaker / Grape crusher / Sole employee of FRAM, brings us these remarkable "wines of exploration." I recently tasted these with Pascal Schildt, the small specialist South African importer who brings us these wines, and I was truly blown away by the quality, purity, and depth of the entire range! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L S. Africa Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The very special area that these grapes come from is actually closer to Clanwilliam than to Citrusdal, but the part about the mountain is very true. Situated in deep red sandy soils, on a farm that overlooks the crayfish mecca of Lambertsbay on the one side, and the Olifantsriver and Bulshoek dam on the other side. The tight racy acidity is the standout characteristic of Chenin Blanc from this area, combine that with ripeness that adds immense complexity and you know that there is a whole lot of loving here."