The 2013 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Beaumont in Bot River is an interesting proposition. It’s firmly into off-dry territory with a residual sugar of 7.3g/l (compared to 5.g/l for the splendid 2012) and it definitely has a sun-kissed quality about it – it’s rich and positively bursting with fruit including guava, lemon, white peach and pineapple. The wine was matured for 10 months in 400-litre barrels, only 15% new and there’s no oak character to speak of.
This makes it deliciously easy at the moment but the wine has nice coated acidity (TA is 6.4g/l) and a low pH of 3.2 which suggests the wine isn’t going to fall over anytime soon. Perhaps not as taut as 2012 but hey different vintage, different wine. R189.90 a bottle from Hermanus retailer Wine Village.