God is in the detail, or so the saying goes, and the 2014 vintage of Five Generations Chenin Blanc from Cederberg is nothing if not intricate in its assembly – 10.6% Chenin Blanc for extra complexity, 5% unwooded Chenin from the 2015 vintage for extra freshness, fermented and matured for 11 months in 400-litre barrels, a third first-fill, a third second-fill and a third third-fill.
On the nose, a top note of hay before citrus and white peach plus the merest hint of lanolin. The palate displays super-concentrated fruit offset by bracing acidity, the finish long and pithy. It’s very youthful and comes across as a little severe now but promises much in years to come. Price: R249 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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