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Miles Mossop Wines Saskia 2008

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Voluptuous.

The 2008 vintage of white blend Saksia from Miles Mossop (who finds full-time employment as winemaker at Tokara) might have rated 5 Stars in the November 2009 issue of Wine magazine but with an alcohol by volume of 15%, it’s not the kind of wine you drink at the height of summer.

A blend of 71% Chenin Blanc from 30-year-old bush vines in Stellenbosch and 29% Paardeberg Viognier, the wine underwent spontaneous ferment before spending 10 months in oak, 20% new.

Last night, it came across as rich and thick textured with flavours of peach, peach kernel and spice. It was very polished and well suited to warding off the winter cold but I did wonder if it had sufficient vibrancy to be considered truly superlative.

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