2017 David & Nadia 'Hoe-Steen' Chenin Blanc Swartland

SKU #1395639 93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc comes from tall bush vines and marks the first time that David has worked with the entire vineyard, which is two hectares in size. The fragrant bouquet offers well-defined yellow plum, caramelized pear, peach skin and waxy aromas. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and very harmonious; the Palomino and Muscat impart spiciness and hints of curry leaf toward the very harmonious finish. This is totally seductive. Drinking window: 2020-2032 (NM)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Fifty year old Chenin Blanc (planted in 1968) grown on iron-rich clay soils, the Hoe-Steen exhibits unctuous yellow apple, beeswax, bitter lemon and white pear aromas with a flick of violet, ginger and dried mango on the palate. Complex and multifaceted with tension and a rich tactile delicacy, the 2017 Hoe-Steen is intense, salty and steely on the finish. Presenting more power than the Skaliekop at this stage but with classy textures, great ageing potential and a very modest 13% ABV. Not easy given that 2017 was a hot, dry vintage in the Swartland yielding many overly-concentrated wines. Here though, David & Nadia have produced two outstanding white wines of balance, restraint and sophistication. As the saying goes, cream always rises to the top. 98 pts Tim Atkin

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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.