2013 Scali "Blanc" Voor-Paardeberg Paarl (Previously $25)
Passion, Art and Tradition are evoked on the front label. Chenin Blanc. Certified organic. Deep, not quite clear straw colour. Definitely ‘natural’ on the nose but there is enough fruit underneath. Intriguing with masses to titillate the palate. It is not short of alcohol but it’s really intense and has sufficient acidity to keep it from being a chore. Honeysuckle, lime, broom and more. Not a wine to sip casually but one to make the average white burgundy look really rather boring. Food wine. Lobster wine? (JR)
(a blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc, aged for a year in used French oak): Bright yellow-gold. Aromas of browning apple, honey and toasty oak, plus a touch of fruit salad. Supple, round and mouthfilling, with a touch of sweetness to the flavors of bruised apple and pine needles. Made in a slightly oxidative style but has energy. Finishes with a bit of alcoholic warmth. (ST)
Winemaker's Notes: "2013 Scali "Blanc" consists of 60% Chenin Blanc, 15% Chardonnay, 15% Roussanne, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Viognier. Elements were aged separately, on their lees, for 12 months in old French oak barriques , after which there were bottled without fining or cold stabilization and unfiltered, at our cellar. Tasting Note - Seductive complexity of fresh, ripe summer fruits and spices with a pure mineral foundation, and a long, lingering, well balanced after taste with excellent structure and tannin. We recommend ageing of 2 to 5+ years, during which time sediment may be deposited, but the full reward of this living, natural wine can be enjoyed!"