Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, makes wines on a small scale under The Giant Periwinkle label. The stand out in the range is the Blanc Fumé made from Elim grapes, fermentation begun in tank and finished in fourth-fill barrel, maturation lasting six to nine months
While the 2014 was refined and unshowy (see here), the 2015 is the antithesis. Incredibly expressive on nose and palate with notes of flowers, fresh herbs, apple, granadilla and pineapple. The palate is super-concentrated and yet the acidity is crazy-fresh. Nothing if not arresting.Price: R200 a bottle.
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