Cellarmaster Sebastian Beaumont and winemaker Marelise Jansen van Rensburg have enjoyed an extraordinary run of success with Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from old Bot River vineyards, the 2008 and 2010 both being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s.
The new-release 2011 (R150 a bottle from the cellar) is again classy stuff: Pale yellow in colour. There’s a note of blossom on an otherwise shy nose. On the palate, great purity of fruit, bright acidity and carefully judged oak (10 months in 400-litre barrels, 15% new). Look for flavours of peach and pear before a long, pithy finish. A really elegant offering. Score: 17.5/20 (and should only gain extra complexity between now and 2016).