Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014

Priced to go.

Priced to go.

With Ken Forrester The FMC 2012 selling for R350 a bottle from the tasting room and DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 chasing hard at R197.50 a bottle, it’s tempting to conclude that local Chenin is on its way to being priced in line with its international counterparts.

Fortunately or unfortunately, however, there are still plenty of wines which offer high quality at ridiculously low prices, the Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014, which sells for R90 a bottle from the visitors’ centre a case in point.

Grapes come from a trellised but unirrigated 36-year-old block in the Swartland with two pickings involved – the earlier portion fermented in tank, the later portion fermented and matured for 10 months in old French oak.

It’s a wonderfully expressive wine with peach, pineapple, a touch of spice and a subtle earthiness. Great fruit concentration, tangy acidity and admirably restrained oak. We’ve made significant inroads into a case, pinching ourselves every time we open a bottle that this sort of kit is sub-R100.

Score: 91/100.

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