2015 Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc Montagu

SKU #1267351 Wine Spectator

 This has an alluring, honeyed feel, with heather, ginger and warm hazelnut notes leading the way for creamed yellow apple and quince flavors. Toasted finish, with a lingering hazelnut husk hint. For fans of the style. (JM, Web-2016)

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Winemaker's Notes: "The Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc was pressed in a wooden hand press, allowed to settle in tank and taken straight to used oak barrel where the wine was naturally fermented and nothing added. This natural and minimalist winemaking approach allows Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc to be a true representation of the terroir of "Jakob’s Blok". Rumor of this exquisite half hectare block of Old-Vine Chenin Blanc in the Keisie Valley of Montagu, South Africa drove winemaker Reenen Borman, and two friends, Fritz Schoon, and Henk Kotze, to find out what all the hype was about. The vineyard is a registered single-vineyard named after longtime caretaker Jakob. Jakob’s Blok, as it is affectionately known, is planted on east facing Karoo slate and shale soils and it immediately captured the hearts of the three friends."

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
This is a thoroughly impressive bottle of Chenin Blanc. The Patatsfontein Chenin is an argument in itself for the quality and scope the varietal, particularly as expressed in South Africa. With classic baked apple, honeycomb, and lees-y notes, this wine also displays a freshness and drive, impelled by the well-integrated acidity. Altogether the wine is very complex and well balanced, and it's hard to keep away from it now, though it will almost certainly improve with a few years of aging.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5