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Avondale Anima Chenin Blanc 2013

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Is top-end Chenin Blanc becoming formulaic? It’s mean to pick on the the Anima 2013 from Paarl property Avondale as they are plenty of other examples but this wine does epitomise a particular style that currently holds sway in the category.

Winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation, some 20% whole-bunch, 12 months on the lees in 500-litre barrels, 20% new –the winemaking team were obviously trying to make something authentic but have they tried too hard?

It shows peach and pineapple plus an overt but not entirely unpleasant yeastiness. Rich and full with tangy acidity before a nicely savoury finish. It’s certainly not a bad wine and there’s undoubtedly a lot going on in the glass but I kind of wanted more refinement and dare I say, correctness. Price: R198 a bottle.

Score: 89/100.

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