It was unfortunate that the hullabaloo surrounding the Secret Cellar No. 235 Chenin Blanc 2015 from Ultra Liquors at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – it won the trophy for best in class only for it to emerge that there were two different batches on the market – meant the other examples of Chenin to win gold went largely overlooked.
One of these was Koelenhof Houtverouderd (Wood Matured) 2014 from Koelenhof in Stellenbosch and it’s a terrific little number. From 21 year old bush vines, it was fermented and matured in fourth-fill barrels. The nose shows citrus, peach, fynbos, honey and some intriguing lanolin character. The palate meanwhile shows really dense fruit offset by fresh acidity. Layered and long, it’s a total bargain at R40 a bottle.
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