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Knorhoek Chenin Blanc 2010 vs. Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2010

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A mild chicken curry for lunch yesterday paired with various examples of Chenin Blanc.  The Knorhoek 2010 and the Oldenburg 2010 were both very good in terms of basic quality but divided the party along stylistic lines.

The Knorhoek (R46 a bottle from the farm) from 35-year-old bush vines and tank fermented showed plenty of tropical fruit, some leesy character as well as bright acidity; the Oldenburg (R68) from vines planted in 2006, including 14% Chardonnay and barrel matured for seven months displayed more citrus and vanilla, while also appearing to have a more moderate acidity.

The Knorhoek was the more exotic, the Oldenburg the less complicated. It struck me that in a competition environment I would’ve been inclined to reward the Knorhoek slightly more than the Oldenburg whereas I suspect most punters using competition results to inform their purchasing decisions would prefer the Oldenburg…

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