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Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2013

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Lip smacking.
Lip smacking.

Sommelier-turned-winemaker Carsten Migliarina has had made wine under his own label since 2002 – total production still only a mere 400 cases so you don’t see his stuff often but it’s always been pretty neat.

New to the range is a Chenin Blanc 2013 (approximate retail price: R110 a bottle).  Grapes come from Elgin and he advises on his website that he selected this area for its “cool climate and good acid”. The wine was tank fermented and matured for nine months on the lees, one 300-litre barrel portion added into the mix for “extra mouthfeel”.

This is about as far away from oxidative Swartland Chenin as its possible to get. A hint of struck match on the nose before lemon, green apple and white peach plus a little leesy character. Good fruit concentration and fresh acidity, the finish long and savoury.  Pure, precise and possessing real zip which makes for an invigorating drinking experience.

Score: 91/100.

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