Hugo Truter of Wellington-based Truter Family Wines came across single vineyard of Grenache Blanc some 30 years old at the top of the Piekenierskloof Pass a few years ago, and made wine from it in 2016.
Only a single barrel was made, the equivalent of 300 bottles. Fermentation occurred via inoculation and maturation in second-fill French oak lasted eight months.
The nose shows lime, lemon, apple, green melon, plenty of leesy character – think lanonlin and struck match – as well as some spice. The palate is super-concentrated with driving acidity and a savoury finish. It’s rich and full, thick textured but not overly so – old-school but delicious. Price: R495 per bottle.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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