Monday, February 28, 2011

Tierhoek Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc 2009 89 Points

Tierhoek Piekenierskloof Chenin Blanc 2009 89 Points

Clear, bright pale straw with yellow refelctions, medium concentration, medium viscosity, no evidence of gas or sediment.

Clean, medium plus intensity with notes of fleshy red apples, lime, hay, white peaches and camomille, stony minerality (possibly and perhaps greatly aided by the age of the vines at 32 years old, in such high altitude, over 700 metres above sea level, dry land farming) delicately oaked, French oak vanillin, Old World, very Loire, Vouvray to be more precise like profile

Dry with some residual sugar, high acidity, new flavours of just ripe peach, green lime and tangerine, medium plus alcohol, very well balance, medium plus complexity and medium plus lenght lenght, now until 2019.

What is exciting about this new release Chenin Blanc from Tierhoek, is that it is perhaps the finest they have made to date, but of note, the wine shows a richness without being heavy and yes there is residual sugar and fruit concentration that only old vines can give, but there is not that sense that Noble Late Harvest wine were deliberately added to "beef up" the style, as so many South African producers does, there might be a soupcon of botrytised grapes in the process, which is all natural and lends complexity and extra layer of intrigue, well done to Roger Burton, the winemaker