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Olifantsberg Blanc 2013

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Eye-opener.
Eye-opener.

A big part of wine’s fascination for me is its constant capacity to surprise. Olifantsberg is situated on the Brandwacht mountains overlooking Breedekloof a little way from Worcester, an area not exactly renowned for premium wine.

Winemaker Jacques du Plessis however exceeds all expectations with his carefully crafted white blend from the 2013 vintage (he worked a few vintages with Eben Sadie and clearly learnt a thng or two). It’s a combination of 59% Chardonnay, 23% Roussanne, 9% Chenin Blanc and 9% Grenache Blanc, fermentation happening spontaneously and maturation in old oak lasting 10 months (part of the Roussane sourced from Paarl and the Chenin skin fermented).

The nose shows flowers, pear, white peach and a hint of vanilla. The palate is light but not  anodyne – the fruit succulent and pure, the acidity nicely integrated, a touch of phenolic grip on the finish. It’s initially quite broad in the mouth but comes nicely to a point. Precise but equally possessing plenty of character. Price: R125 a bottle.

Score: 93/100.

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