Amatra Chenin Blanc 2013
By Christian Eedes, 10 April 2014
Big jump in quality from the maiden vintage 2012 to the 2013 of the Amatra Chenin Blanc as made by Catherine Marshall from Elgin grapes. Whereas the 2012 was ultimately a bit plain (see here) the 2013 shows the benefits of a winemaker getting to know her vineyards and refining her aesthetic vision for a wine.
As with the 2012, the 2013 was 60% tank fermented and 40% barrel fermented but features more malo-lactic fermentation and includes a tiny portion of Semillon. It shows pear and peach plus a classic “wet wool” note. Good concentration, coated acidity and a salty finish. Price: R95 a bottle.