Stellenbosch Vineyards, formerly known as the “the company of wine people” has been enjoying success with its Credo Chenin Blanc 2010 – a place among this year’s Top 100 SA Wines and a silver medal at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
Including a portion of Viognier, it was fermented and matured in 300-litre barrels, 80% new – eight months on the primary lees and then a further 24 months of ageing. Abv 14.57%, RS 7.1 g/l, TA 5.7 g/l and pH 3.46.
As the above might suggest, it’s a monster of a wine. Dull in colour, it shows yellow peach and vanilla on the nose and palate. Rich and sweet, plenty of oak and a somewhat hot finish. It didn’t impress me much but apparently others are able to find redeeming features. Price: R100.