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Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Chenin Blanc 2012

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Safe as houses.
Safe as houses.

Diemersfontein in Wellington is where coffee Pinotage originated and while you have to respect the commercial success of this wine, it does mean that the rest of the property’s offerings tend to get overlooked.

I vaguely recalled that the 2010 vintage of the Chenin Blanc premium range Carpe Diem was rated 5 Stars in the 2012 edition of Platter’s so when I came across the 2012 vintage, I was keen to try it.

35% of the ripest component was fermented in 100% new French oak while the remaining wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks, both components kept on the lees for nine months.

The wine shows peach and subtle vanilla on the nose and palate. It has a fairly high residual sugar of 6.2g/l but this wasn’t particularly noticeable. Overall, clean and precise, perhaps a bit anodyne at the moment but may gain extra interest with two or three years in bottle. Approximate retail price: R103 a bottle.

Score: 88/100.

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