Joostenberg Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest with apple tart tatin as cooked by Joostenberg Bistro chef Christophe Dehosse seemed like the perfect way to end lunch yesterday but when the wine was presented at our table, it turned out to be the 2011 vintage, altogether too youthful for the job at hand. We begged Susan Dehosse, wife of chef and sister of Joostenberg winemaker Tyrrel Myburgh, for something a little older and she returned with the 2008.
From a vineyard planted in 1989, botrytis infection was sporadic in 2008, requiring five pickings over a six-week period. In the cellar, the wine was fermented in oak, 25% new and matured for nine months. It drank splendidly: honeysuckle, dried apricot, honey and caramel on the nose before a palate which showed great flavour intensity, a thick but not unctuous texture and great freshness. Score: 17/20.