Various changes of ownership in the last decade or so have meant that Stellenbosch property L’Avenir fell from prominence for a while but with it now under the custodianship of leading French wine company AdVini, some enterprise seems to be returning and the current releases of its two flagship wines are impressive. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
L’Avenir Single Block Chenin Blanc 2014
From a block planted 1972. Matured for 12 months in acacia and French oak. White flowers, lemon and peach plus a little leesy character. Good fruit concentration and driving acidity before a saline finish. Focused and still very tight. An accomplished rendition.
L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage 2013
Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new. A certain floral quality before cherries and plums plus a little milk chocolate, cinnamon and white pepper. Relatively medium bodied – the fruit really pops out, there’s plenty of freshness in evidence and the tannins have been carefully managed. True to the best of the variety.