The maiden 2013 vintage of the The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2014 from Stellenbosch property Kaapzicht rated 94 points and was one of my top 20 wines of last year. Winemaker Danie Steytler Junior recently afforded me a sneak preview of the 2014 and I have to say I think it’s even better than the 2013.
Grapes come from a 1947 block, SA’s second oldest planted to Chenin, and hence the name. Winemaking is “very hands off” – spontaneous fermentation and maturation for 12 months in various sizes of barrel, about 50% new.
The wine is slightly higher in alcohol by volume (14.05% compared to 13.6% in the case of 2013), lower in total acidity (5.0g/l vs 5.4g/l) and naturally went through malolactic fermentation whereas the 2013 didn’t causing Steytler to profess a mild concern that it doesn’t have the same drive as its predecessor.
It is however significantly drier (residual sugar being 1.7g/l versus the 2013’s 4.0g/l) and I think it’s also a touch less oxidative.
It has an extraordinarily complex nose – a delicate potpourri top note before, citrus, peach and pear plus more secondary characteristics including yeastiness, nuttiness, honey and spice. Fantastic fruit concentration and more than enough acidity – the proportions are close to perfect. The finish, meanwhile, is long and pithy. Goosebumps good. Cellar-door price: R300.