Chenin Blanc from Elgin intrigues – might the ward’s cool-climate growing conditions result in greater purity and freshness than usual? Amatra 2012, made by Catherine Marshall, is indeed a wine (R85 a bottle from Wine Concepts in Newlands) for those who don’t like the exaggerated in their wine.
Quite subtle aromas and flavours including peach, roast almonds and spice. Alcohol by volume is 14% according to the back label and evidently the grapes weren’t picked too early – the acidity appears more moderate than you might expect. Oak maturation meanwhile has lent a little extra weight to the mid-palate. Altogether, likeable if somewhat straightforward.