Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2012

Old is gold.

Old is gold.

Grapes for the Optenhorst Chenin Blanc from Bosman Family Vineyards come from a Wellington block planted in 1952, understood to be the fourth oldest in the country.

The current-release 2012 is the smartest rendition of this wine yet. The wine was fermented and matured for nine months in 228-litre barrels, 12.5% new and the oaking is particularly deft.

The nose shows citrus, apricot and peach plus pleasant oxidative character. The palate is rich but not unduly weighty – it has a lovely silky texture and coated acidity before an ever so slight bitterness on the finish which adds a point of interest. Price: R200 a bottle.

Score: 91/100.

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