Chamonix Old Vine Steen 2020
By Christian Eedes, 8 June 2021
The young Neil Bruwer has been head winemaker at this Franschhoek property since 2019, and could not resist using a 1965 block to produce the first Chenin under a Chamonix label since 2006.
Fermented and matured for seven months in old oak, this is a wine of billowy power (alcohol is 14.02%). Complex aromatics of citrus, peach, and apple plus flowers and herbs, a hint of waxy complexity, ginger, and other spice before a palate of great presence – massive fruit concentration and flavour matched by driving acidity, the finish long and savoury. Combines both intensity and energy to a thrilling effect. Price: R385 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 97/100.
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