Porcupine Ridge Chenin Blanc 2014

January 6, 2016
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
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Why would those behind Porcupine Ridge, the commercially successful Boekenhoutskloof entry-level range, feel compelled to add a Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay into the mix? I suspect that, in both instances, it’s about catching a wave before it breaks – there are signs that consumers are starting to tire of bottom-end Sauvignon Blanc and the Boekenhoutskloof team aren’t the sort to give up their market share easily. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:

Porcupine Ridge Chenin Blanc 2014

Crowd pleaser.

Porcupine Ridge Chenin Blanc 2014
Approximate retail price: R40
W.O. Swartland. Unwooded. Citrus and peach plus a not unpleasant hint of reduction. Good fruit concentration, fresh acidity and not unduly sweet. Safe and sound – not a showstopper but clearly there were brains behind this offering.

#WinemagRating: 86/100.

Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay 2014
Approximate retail price: R40
Grapes from Elgin, Robertson and Wellington. Partially barrel fermented and matured for three months in old oak. Neutral on the nose and palate – vague notes of pear, white peach and citrus but really quite dreary.

#WinemagRating: 83/100.

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