Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2011
By Christian Eedes, 23 July 2015
The Five Generations Chenin Blanc from Cederberg Private Cellar is nothing if not carefully crafted. Barrel fermented and matured for 11 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, a third each first-, second- and third-fill, the final wine including a 6% unwooded portion from the 2012 and 14% Viognier.
On the nose, lemon and peach, honeysuckle, some leesy complexity, a distinctive note of dried herbs and a touch of spice. The palate shows good fruit concentration and vibrant acidity – luscious but with plenty of drive and properly dry on the finish. “Statuesque” is the word that comes to mind.