Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Welmoed Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2010 86 Points

Welmoed Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2010 86 Points

Clear, bright pale straw with slight green reflection, medium concentration, medium viscosity, no evidence of gas (common occurrence in young Cape Sauvignon Blanc to boost mouth feels) or sediment.

Clean with medium plus intensity, ripe note of “Washington red apples”, bright lemon, guava, white peach and just ripe Asian pears, layers of complexity with subtle but delicately persistent note of farm style honey, creamy vanilla, lightly wooded, probably French oak with a soupcon of botrytis.

Dry with intense note of pears and just ripe guava as new flavours, medium plus acidity, medium alcohol, medium plus complexity, medium plus length, viscous, creamy and rather concentrated mouth feels, very good example of a great value Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc crammed with personality.

Served now at 9 degrees Celsius with steam Cantonese inspired pork, Shittake & dried cuttlefish dumplings, ‘Niuk Yen” style or can be cellared until 2015 under the right cellaring conditions.

Welmoed Chenin Blanc is widely available at around R 30 a bottle and is a style between the Kleine Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc and Simonsig Chenin Blanc