The older I get, the more I think I suffer from agoraphobia (fear of public places). With the 2010 Stellenbosch Wine Festival in full swing this weekend, I have to confess that I was glad to decamp to my parents-in-law’s home in Wellington for the week-end.
Needs must when the devil drives and upon awakening on Saturday morning, it was clear we would need to stock up on provisions of an alcoholic kind, and so off we set into the Agter-Paarl. I noticed a banner advertising a farmers’ market at Windmeul and thought I might just be able to cope with whatever crowd it had attracted.
This part of the world is definitely Chenin country, with plenty of old bushvines about. Those in the know have been stocking up on nearby Perdeberg for ages but recently Windmeul has been running it close.
I recalled that I’d given Windmeul Reserve Barrel Fermented 2009 a score of 17/20 in this year’s WINE magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge and we duly bought three bottles (special Farmer’s Market price: R36 a bottle). The totally cool wine of the day, however, was the standard Chenin Blanc 2010. Plenty of guava on nose and palate as you might expect from a young Chenin but also some palate weight and a nice line of acidity. Price per bottle: R26.50. Will it last beyond February next year? Who cares?