“Mrs. Anna Kirsten passed away on 10 April 2015 at the age of 90 and it is an honour to dedicate this vintage to her,” reads a special neck lable on the 2014 of the Mev. Kirsten 2014, part of Eben Sadie’s part of Eben Sadie’s Die Ouwingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series).
The Stellenbosch vineyard in question was owned by Mrs. Kirsten and generally recognized as the oldest planted to Chenin Blanc in the country, it having been established between 1905 and 1920.
The nose appears quite shy – there are notes of citrus and peach, both white and yellow and if you look hard enough, flowers, dried herbs and a little lanolin. The palate is rich but still fresh – pleasantly thick textured with nicely coated acidity before a salty finish. Acquired from Wine Concepts on Kloof for R803.50 a bottle.
Winemag rating: 94/100.