Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2012

Phantasmagorical.

Phantasmagorical.

The Silwervis wines as made by Ryan Mostert, previously assistant at Reyneke in Stellenbosch, aren’t exactly breaking news but the Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou held this past Saturday was the first time I engaged with them properly and I was particularly taken with the Chenin Blanc 2012 (available from Wine Cellar at R240 a bottle).

Matured for a year in concrete egg, it then spent a further period in old oak to settle down. There’s lemon and peach plus pleasant waxy, yeasty notes. It fills the mouth and is quite thick textured but not listless. On the contrary, it comes wonderfully to a point and has a bone-dry finish. An intriguing drop.

Score: 91/100.

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