Windmeul has a reputation for offering great quality relative to price and when I noted in passing that the Reserve Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013 from this Paarl winery had been nominated for 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s a visit to pick up some product was prompted.
While I think the wine was a bit lucky to be shortlisted for 5 Stars, it’s a very good drop and you can’t argue with the price of R50 a bottle.
Grapes come from 14-year-old unirrigated bush vines and the wine was fermented and matured for 16 months in 100% new French oak.
Peach and pineapple, subtle spice and a touch of nuttiness. The palate is well balanced with good fruit concentration and tangy acidity. It carries the oak well but I would’ve liked just a little more detail.