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Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017


Druk My Niet, situated between Paarl and Wellington, had vineyard and many of its structures destroyed by fire in January 2017. Luckily wine stocks remained intact and in a remarkable show of resilience wine was still made, winemaker Alexandra McFarlane bought in grape for that harvest and made wine off-site. Tasting notes and scores for two currently available wines as follows:

Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017
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Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017
Price: R100
From two blocks planted in 1968 and 1962 respectively. Fermentation, involving a combination of natural and commercial yeasts, took place in tank and barrel. Naartjie, lemon, peach and quince (to the extent that anybody knows what quince smells like) plus a hint of leesy complexity on the nose. The palate is light bodied but not without flavour, nicely balanced and gently savoury on the finish. Alc: 12.6%.

Editor’s rating: 89/100.

Druk My Niet Invictus 2012
Price: R220
60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc. Red and black fruit, fresh herbs, oak spice plus some rather dank notes of earth and undergrowth. Lean and a little severe on the palate with fresh, almost tart acidity and firm tannins, the finish long and very savoury. Alc: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 87/100.

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  1. good day christian
    thanks for all the interesting wines.
    but what about the rest of the industry ? new areas like plett , elim , or vines younger than 100 years or some new winemakers ??
    we understand that vines of 60 years old or wines from swartland is all the rage now , but i tasted most of the elim wines this weekend , and from that i can tell u swartland and old old old vines isnt all we have in south africa , it also seems only a shortlist of winemakers is featured , it does get boring after a while.

    • Hi Vines, All wineries are welcome to submit samples for review. I do sighted tastings on a day-to-day basis (no charge) and then there are the category tastings, where a three-person panel convenes to taste blind (R750 per entry). Some wines are obviously more newsworthy than others but we try to be impartial as far as possible.


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