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Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017

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Druk My Niet, situated between Paarl and Wellington, had vineyard and many of its structures destroyed by fire in January 2017. Luckily wine stocks remained intact and in a remarkable show of resilience wine was still made, winemaker Alexandra McFarlane bought in grape for that harvest and made wine off-site. Tasting notes and scores for two currently available wines as follows:

Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017
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Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017
Price: R100
From two blocks planted in 1968 and 1962 respectively. Fermentation, involving a combination of natural and commercial yeasts, took place in tank and barrel. Naartjie, lemon, peach and quince (to the extent that anybody knows what quince smells like) plus a hint of leesy complexity on the nose. The palate is light bodied but not without flavour, nicely balanced and gently savoury on the finish. Alc: 12.6%.

Editor’s rating: 89/100.

Druk My Niet Invictus 2012
Price: R220
60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc. Red and black fruit, fresh herbs, oak spice plus some rather dank notes of earth and undergrowth. Lean and a little severe on the palate with fresh, almost tart acidity and firm tannins, the finish long and very savoury. Alc: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 87/100.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. good day christian
    thanks for all the interesting wines.
    but what about the rest of the industry ? new areas like plett , elim , or vines younger than 100 years or some new winemakers ??
    we understand that vines of 60 years old or wines from swartland is all the rage now , but i tasted most of the elim wines this weekend , and from that i can tell u swartland and old old old vines isnt all we have in south africa , it also seems only a shortlist of winemakers is featured , it does get boring after a while.

    • Hi Vines, All wineries are welcome to submit samples for review. I do sighted tastings on a day-to-day basis (no charge) and then there are the category tastings, where a three-person panel convenes to taste blind (R750 per entry). Some wines are obviously more newsworthy than others but we try to be impartial as far as possible.

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