Joining the small but growing category of white blends which see Chenin Blanc blended with Rhône varieties is Fairview Nurok 2011 (Fairview owner Charles Back’s wife Diane descended from the Nurok family originally of Lithuania and hence the name. As for the origins of the name “Nurok”, the back label is a must-read…).
The wine is a blend of 32% Chenin Blanc, 32% Viognier, 26% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc, each portion vinified separately and blended after six months maturation in barrel. It’s an intriguing wine – very little primary fruit yet not too rich and overtly secondary. The nose is rather neutral while the major impression on the palate is one of savouriness, almost earthiness. There are hints of stone fruit, a touch of lemon but you have to look hard to find these. The finish has a saline quality about it. Only available from the tasting room, it costs R100 a bottle. Score: 16/20.