Slanghoek Private Collection Crème de Chenin 2013
By Christian Eedes, 31 January 2014
The Breedekloof Food and Wine Pairing Gala Dinner is an annual event which sees producers from the district come to Cape Town to show off their wares and while I thought the line-up last year was patchy at best, the wines last night were much more convincing.
I’m guessing Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (silver at Veritas, 4 Stars in Platter’s, R42 a bottle) is must enriched but if you’re going to use that technique, this is how to do it – just a bit of pyrazine bite to go with plenty of tropical fruit (score: 86/100).
Goudini Chenin Blanc 2013 was clean and easy with notes of peach and pear (score: 84/100). Knock-out value at R27 a bottle.
The reputation of Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 precedes it (93 points on this blog, 5 Stars in Platter’s, R120 a bottle) while Deetlefs Familie Red Blend 2011 (R320 a bottle) again demonstrated that this cellar is capable of real sophistication. A blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 29% Pinotage and 13% Malbec, it was medium bodied with red and black cherries, carefully judged oak and good freshness (score: 87/100).
Wine of the night however was the Slanghoek Private Collection Crème de Chenin 2013. To give you a sense of scale, this cellar processes some 37 000 tons of grapes a year, equivalent to 30 million litres of wine, of which 3% ends up under its own label. The Crème de Chenin, a natural sweet including 8% Hanepoot in the blend and selling for R35 a bottle, amounts to all of 2 500 litres. I thought the 2013 was really impressive with startling fruit purity and zippy acidity – some fynbos on the nose, peach through granadilla on the palate, it should only gain in complexity over the next two to five years (score: 89/100).