While most critics can’t recommend South African Chenin Blanc highly enough, those who judged the category at this year’s Veritas Awards were obviously a tough bunch to please awarding a solitary double gold, this going to The Middelburg 2013 from SAAM Mountain Vineyards, an export-oriented division of Perdeberg Winery.
I found it a bit old-fashioned. Deep yellow in colour, the nose shows peach, spice, honey and plenty of leesy, even rancio character. On the palate, it’s rich and full, sweet on entry and thick in texture. It makes a big impression but it would’ve been nice if the Veritas panel had rewarded one or two more refined examples, as well.