Grenache Blanc makes its appearance in the 2014 vintage of Maestro White from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon for the first time and it’s more flamboyant than ever. The Mediterranean variety constitutes 19% of a blend that also includes 26% Roussanne, 25% Chardonnay, 17% Chenin Blanc and 13% Viognier.
Peach, apricot and even a little pineapple, intense spice and a brush of vanilla. Rich and full with super-concentrated fruit although tangy acidity prevents it from becoming entirely too much. It’s polished as you’d expect from this cellar but sometimes it’s the tiny imperfection that paradoxically differentiates great wine from the merely good. Price: R160 a bottle.