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Doran Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2012

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Doran Vineyards is a new venture in the Voor Paardeberg owned by Irishman Edwin Doran with André Badenhorst, father of Adi and whose previous projects include setting up both Buitenverwachting and Constantia Uitsig, consulting.

Winemaker Martin Lamprecht has a Chenin Blanc 2012 due for release in the next month or two and set to sell for between R90 and R100 a bottle. From 30-year-old vineyards, it was barrel fermented in third- and fourth-fill barrels, 40% under-going spontaneous ferment and 30% subsequently undergoing malo-lactic fermentation. “There’s a lot of stuff out there which tastes the same – we wanted to make something you have to pick up twice to make sense of,” says Lamprecht.

Peach and peach kernel, some nice yeasty character. Good richness, tangy acidity, savoury finish. Understated but certainly not middle of the road. Score: 16/20.

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