Attending the Wine Expo on the Braak as part of this year’s Stellenbosch Wine Festival yesterday, I thought the Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2012 from Remhoogte was looking smart.
This prompted me to open a bottle of the maiden 2010 with dinner (it was nominated for 5 Stars but not endorsed in Platter’s, the same fate befalling the 2012) and it drank extremely well, some time in bottle having done it no harm at all
Whereas I am sometimes left a bit indifferent by Chenin on account of a fundamental blandness, this is not the case with Honeybunch. The 2010 currently shows breadth and depth, with flavours of yellow peach, honey and spice unfurling on the palate. There’s plenty of concentration but this offset by an acidity which sort of slithers through the wine and there’s also just a touch of leesy character lest the wine be accused of being too polished. Top stuff.