Carla Pauw of Saltare is a bubbly specialist but I’m always impressed whenever I encounter her Chenin Blanc. Yesterday a bottle of her Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2011 which sells at a slight premium to her standard label – R145 a bottle compared to R126 for its stablemate.
Grapes come from a 65-year block of dry land bushvine vineyard in Paarl. Only 400 bottles produced, the equivalent of one 300-litre barrel. Haunting in a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t-sense. Citrus, stone fruit, honeysuckle, marzipan, brioche and bee’s wax all in evidence. Pure and concentrated with the acidity fundamentally part of the wine – lending real verve but not at all aggressive. Just a fantastic bottle of wine.
I bought my bottle from Nigel Cattermole of Wine @ The Mill, the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock who says third-party wine recommendations don’t matter to sales. Do tell him I sent you.