When I first encountered the 2010 vintage of the white blend called Terrasse from Keermont in Stellenbosch on its release towards the end of 2011, I thought it was a superlative wine (see here).
Last night a bottle again proved excellent drinking. Consisting of 88% Chenin Blanc, 7% Chardonnay and 5% Viognier, it’s by no means blemish-free but the blemishes are integral to the wine – much like distortion and electric guitar. And so you get some funky leesy character to go with the lime, green apple and peach flavours. It’s kind of reductive AND oxidative at the same time. Rough-hewn which is not to say crude. Savoury rather than sweet. Not all the rock ‘n roll white blends come from the Swartland.