Lunch yesterday with Hennie Coetzee and Maggie Mostert of Batonage.com at Mexican restaurant El Burro in Green Point. Huge fans of the wines of Jean Daneel, they insisted I share their last bottle of Jean Daneel Signature Chenin Blanc 2003 with them after I recently wrote a favourable review of the 2006 vintage of this wine (see here).
Wine geeks will recall that the 2003 was rated 5 Stars and nominated as Wine of the Year in the 2005 edition of Platter’s. Our bottle yesterday showed citrus and vague tertiary aromas and flavours. There was relatively good fruit concentration and fresh, almost tart acidity, the finish particularly long and dry. Overall, classically styled and rather austere. Somehow a little more attenuated than I’d hope for although asking it to stand up to build-you-own tacos was perhaps too optimistic. Score: 16.5/20.