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Nederburg Ingenuity White 2008

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Brain teaser.

I’ve always found Ingenuity White, the multi-varietal blend from Nederburg, to be very clever and beautifully crafted but somehow strangely difficult to engage with.

I think my issue with the wine is that it typically provides a bit of a conundrum in its youth, the various components not exactly pulling in different directions but sort of going off like an out-of-time fireworks display.

The 2008 comprising predominantly Chardonnay (25%), Sauvignon Blanc (25%) and Semillon (19%) but also including various amounts of Chenin Blanc, Muscadel, Nouvelle, Riesling and Viognier duly rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of Platter’s.

Some time in bottle, however, has done wonders for the 2008, the whole now greater than the sum of the parts. Lime and lemon, some spice, some interesting developed character. Not too thick textured, well integrated acidity. A real pleasure to drink and worthy of an 18/20 score.

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