The 2015 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Bot River property seems particularly understated now but has the inherent structure and balance to reward a good few years of bottle maturation.
From vineyards planted in 1974 and 1978, juice was fermented spontaneously, maturation lasting 10 months in 400-litre barrels, 15% new. On the nose, there are subtle notes of pear, citrus, stone fruit and some yeasty character. The palate appears rich and broad – no great detail at the moment, it has to be said but as mentioned above, there is a sense that this will come with age. Wine Cellar price: R225 a bottle.
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