Those who monitor SA wine social media closely will have noticed the incredible hype surrounding the small-batch Revenge of the Crayfish Chenin Blanc 2018 made by 27-year-old Sakkie Mouton from Koekenaap grapes, Greg Sherwood MW calling it “one of the most profound Chenin Blancs produced in South Africa since Eben Sadie conjured up Skurfberg and Skerpioen in his old vine series” (see here).
The nose shows guava, pear, white peach and citrus plus dried grass and the merest hint of waxiness. The palate is light and fresh with a saline finish – tightly wound, it’s very elegant and has a lovely energy about. Only 370 bottles produced and uncertified, a few of the country’s specialist wine retailers have managed to get their hands on it – approximate retail price is R400 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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