Monday, May 21, 2012
KWV The Mentors Paarl Grenache Blanc 2011 94 Points
Clear, day bright, pale white, medium concentration and medium plus viscosity
Clean, medium plus intensity, fleshy stony fruit such as nectacots and white peaches, lots of mineralite, actually shows more than the 2010, granite, matchstick complexity, oak is present, still integrating, light toast, baked pastries, subtle vanilla, multilayered
Dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol (13.5), textured, juicy, stone fruit follows through with impressive freshness reminescent of freshly squeeze green lime, the oak is totally integrated on the palate/texture, persistent with a racy concentration, high complexity, long lenght.
This is possibly one of the sexiest white wine produce in South Africa to date, and by far the finest Grenache Blanc, linear profile, the natural is out of this world, considering the grapes are grown in hot climate Paarl, a pH of 2.97, indeed very rare in SA.
A perfect example of vine and terroir harmony, this wine will age at glacial pace, will reward the most stern and patient fundis, yet, it is perfectly match at this stage with a variety of cheeses made from goat milk, e.g Gouda style, Blue vein, ash, etc etc. Food wine par excellence.
From now, however will be better from 2018, yet will keep until 2023+, expect like any Grenache Blanc, produce anywhere in the world for it to go through shut down phase during it's evolution, it's one of the mystery of this variety.
Vineyard planted in granite soils in the heart of Paarl, yielding 8t/ha, harvested middle February.
No malolactic, 6 months in 15% second fill and 85% in third fill.
Total production of 10,000 bottles