Radford Dale The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc 2013
By Christian Eedes, 6 February 2015
There’s some exciting stuff turning up under the Radford Dale label – I’ve had good things to say about Frankenstein Pinotage and Nudity Syrah previously on this site (see here and here) and The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc 2013 (approximate retail price: R285 a bottle) sampled most recently is an absolute cracker.
Grapes come from an old un-irrigated block planted on the Helderberg in Stellenbosch, fermentation occurring spontaneously in barrel, maturation lasting a little over 10 months in a combination of mainly 228-litre but also some 500-litre French oak barrels, less than 20% new.
It’s an immaculately crafted wine. Very expressive but not at all vulgar, the nose showing honeysuckle, citrus, pear, white peach and even some pineapple plus a touch of spice and a little leesy complexity. There’s huge flavour intensity on the palate and tangy, almost tingly acidity. It’s built to last but already there’s some savoury tug under all that concentrated fruit. Very accomplished.