There are stacks and stacks of damn tasty, cheap as chips Chenin Blanc from the Swartland, whether it be from the large-scale Riebeek Cellars or a medium-sized operation Babylon’s Peak so how to add a little value and charge a little more?
The Spice Route 2016 is an interesting case study. Grapes for this wine come from a 1978 Swartland vineyard and involved two pickings, the earlier portion fermented in tank and the latter portion fermented and matured for nine months in old oak. The nose shows fresh herbs, pear and peach while the palate shows good fruit concentration, fresh acidity and pithy finish. Quintessentially of the district. Price: R110 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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