In what must represent the best quality to price ratio that we shall see this year, Stellenbosch property Laibach has added the extraordinarily good Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2017 to its reserve range, this wine available for the princely sum of R120 a bottle.
It’s also adds fuel to the fire regarding the debate about old versus new vines – grapes for this wine come from a site planted in 2011 (and farmed organically). One portion of grapes was fermented according to a sort of carbonic maceration technique, the juice on the skins for some 30 days while another was crushed and left on the skins for 48 hours. Maturation lasted 11 months, 50% in concrete eggs and 50% in old 500-litre barrels.
The nose shows a floral top note before pear, white peach and naartjie plus only the vaguest hint of some leesy complexity. The palate has a weightless intensity about it – excellent fruit definition, lovey integrated acidity plus a little bitterness on the finish that is the mark of many high-quality local examples of the variety. Layers and layers of flavour, terrific harmony and length.
Editor’s rating: 96/100.
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