Le Grand Jardin Chenin Blanc 2012
By Christian Eedes, 24 January 2013
Yesterday the Le Grand Jardin range made by Jean Daneel from grapes grown on his Napier property. I thought they showed Daneel’s classical sensibility but are a bit over-priced.
Le Grand Jardin Chenin Blanc 2012: 15.5/20
A pretty wine with subtle notes of pear and white peach. Clean and fresh. Quintessential unwooded Chenin. Still rather primary, should age well.
Le Grand Jardin White Blend 2010: 15.5/20
50% Chenin Blanc, 50% Sauvignon Blanc. 22 months in 3rd and 4th fill barrels. Straw yellow tending to gold in colour. Lime through peach and a touch of honey on the nose and palate. Relatively thick textured, coated acidity. Slight discordance between the two varieties.
Le Grand Jardin Red Blend 2010: 15.5/20
75% Shiraz, 25% Merlot. 36 months in 4th and 5th barrel. Red and black fruit plus a slight earthy note on the nose. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Quite old fashioned in style, it appears more savoury than sweet.