For those taken with wines from old vines, then the 1947 Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch property Kaapzicht is particularly beguiling. Grapes come from a vineyard planted by current winemaker Danie Steytler Jnr’s great grandfather in 1947. The block has been registered as a single vineyard and it is the second oldest of this variety in the country. Originally 6ha in size, only 1ha of the very low yielding vineyard remains – total production in 2017 was 900 bottles.
The nose shows citrus, apple, stone fruit, quince and spice while the palate shows extraordinary richness and depth without sacrificing freshness – sweet, dense fruit upfront but the finish is entirely savoury. So of its place and perhaps that’s ultimately what makes these old-vine wines so compelling.
Editor’s rating: 95/100.
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