Fram Chenin Blanc 2013
By Christian Eedes, 16 December 2014
Fram Wines takes its name from the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers at the turn of the 20th century, and said to have traversed further north and further south than any other vessel of its kind.
The winemaker behind Fram Wines is Thinus Krüger, previously of Fleur du Cap and Boschendal, and now committed to “bringing great wines from the Here Be Dragons areas of the wine map”.
The Chenin Blanc 2013 is Wine of Origin Citrusdal Mountains although apparently “closer to Clanwilliam than to Citrusdal” and underwent spontaneous ferment in old oak. Approximate retail price: R195 a bottle.
One of only three examples of Chenin to be endorsed as worthy of 5 Stars out of a total of 21 nominees in the current edition of Platter’s, it certainly makes an impression. Peach and pineapple, a little bee’s wax and some yeasty complexity. On the palate sweet, juicy fruit and nicely coated acidity. The concentration is in fact quite extraordinary and the texture is rather thick. Would a little more verve and piquancy make it an even better wine?