Reverie, the own-label offering from The Winery of Good Hope winemaker Jacques de Klerk, is intended for “Chenin fans, terroir geeks and all manner wine nerds to enjoy” according to the fact sheet and the 2013 (approximate retail price R143 a bottle) is indeed a pleasurable experience.
Grapes come from a single vineyard of Swartland Chenin Blanc planted on granite in 1978 and the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation in old barrels before being matured for 10 months.
Mention must first be made of the wine’s colour which is luminous straw yellow. Then, the nose which entices with notes of honeysuckle, white peach and subtle spice. And onto the palate which possesses striking fruit purity and bright acidity before a gently saline finish. A wine of great poise – there’s weight (despite an abv of only 12%) but also verve here and De Klerk hasn’t resorted to excessive oxidative character to catch the attention. Smart stuff.