Carinus Family Vineyards new releases
By Christian Eedes, 2 June 2020
Carinus Family Vineyards is a partnership between Danie and Hugo Carinus, two top growers with vineyards in both Stellenbosch and Swartland, there two “reserve” examples of Chenin Blanc rapidly becoming mut-haves for aficionados of the variety.
Carinus Polkadraai Heuwels 2019
As made by Chris Alheit from Stellenbosch grapes. Fermented predominantly in concrete eggs but also a small portion of old oak. The nose shows pear, white peach, citrus and green apple plus some leesy complexity. The palate is super-concentrated and super-fresh, the acidity possessing an invigorating sourness while the finish is long and intensely savoury. Extraordinarily youthful and tight at this stage.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Carinus Rooidraai 2019
As made by Lukas van Loggerenberg from Swartland grapes. Fermented and matured in oak, including a 25% component of first-fill. Yellow fruit, earth and some waxiness plus hints of vanilla and spice. A little rounder and broader than its counterpart above – very flavourful with nicely integrated acidity.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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