The rule book has been emphatically thrown away when it comes to Adama White 2012 from Bosman Family Vineyards. It’s a fascinating blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 8% Semillon, 6% Pinot Gris and 6% Viognier – some of the fruit from Wellington and some from the Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley – and was fermented and matured for approximately eight months in barrel, 30% new, different regimes for different components. It won a silver medal and was best non-Bordeaux style white blend at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
The nose is rather shy overall but look hard and you’ll find tantalising notes of pear and white peach. On the palate, there’s concentrated fruit, a great line of acidity and well-judged oak. Nothing too obvious – citrus, peach, a slight herbal note (presumably from the Semillon), oak spice and some leesy complexity before a saline finish. Serve with yogurt-marinated chicken and couscous.