Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2019
By Christian Eedes, 22 July 2020
The 2019 vintage of the famed Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Beaumont in Bot River carries more residual sugar than usual, 8.3g/l to be precise, but tasting it prior to gaining access to this information, I did not notice any extra palate weight or undue sweetness – TA is high at 6.8g/l and pH is low at 3.18 while alcohol is a moderate 12.54%, and I think the wine hangs together well.
The nose shows pear, peach, citrus and apple with some dried herbs and a little yeasty complexity in the background. The palate possesses a good core of fruit plus bright acidity while the finish is long and pithy. Currently, it comes across as rather tightly wound and it will be interesting to see how that extra RS manifests itself in years to come. Approximate retail price: R360 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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