Thursday, March 3, 2011

Vinum Africa Stellenbosch Chenin blanc 2009 87 Points*

Vinum Africa Stellenbosch Chenin blanc 2009 87 Points*

Clear, bright, straw with green reflections, medium concentration and medium viscosity, no evidence of gas or sediment.

Clean, high intensity, ripe golden delicious apple, fragrant jasmine, tangerine and orange peel, hay some granite minerals, pebbly, oak vanillin, (10%, French oak, 100% new) bold but not obtrusive, excellent purity of fruit and concentration, clean and precise.

Dry with some residual sugar, medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol, new flavours of candied pears, honey and preserved lime, structured mid palate with leesy complexity (9 months on gross lees, no stirring or batonnage) medium plus complexity and medium plus lenght.

By far the best Vinum Chenin Blanc made to date, exceptional value and over delivers in quality.

Chenin Blanc sourced around the Helderberg pocket of Stellenbosch, average age of 43 years (as per information supplier by winery of Good Hope)

Served at around 11 degrees, preferably decanted / aerated, paired with a slow braised chicken on bones with oyster sauce and shittake mushroon

* Wine tasted sighted, using the 2008 vintage (2008 listed already) as a benchmark, which scored 85 points, the 2009 is superior in many respect with more aromatics, extrovert without loosing it's svelte and linear profile