Donkiesbaai Steen 2014
By Christian Eedes, 8 February 2016
Donkiesbaai is a label begun by Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede, grapes for this Chenin Blanc from a Piekenierskloof vineyard planted in 1979.
With an approximate retail price of R200 a bottle, its positioning in the market is ambitious but the actual wine itself is a model of restraint. In the case of the current-release 2014, just 50% of the wine was fermented and matured for five months in oak, of which only 10% was new.
The wine shows pear, citrus and some lanolin and carries its 14.29% alcohol extremely well – in fact, it appears lean and fresh with lovely fruity purity before a long, saline finish. It’s a sophisticated offering that should appeal to all fans of serious Chenin.