Daschbosch new releases

By , 15 October 2021

Clairette Blanche is most definitely a niche variety in South Africa, it being 27th most planted with a total of 175ha in the ground at the end of last year. There are not many single-variety examples to be found but Daschbosch have made one from a block planted in 1977 since 2018 and it’s well worth seeking out. This cellar is part of uniwWnes, the largest wine business in Breedekloof with 65 grower-shareholders and of the 3 000ha of vineyard among its members, only 60ha qualify for old vine status making this Clairette Blanche all the more remarkable, tasting notes and rating for the newly released 2020 as follows:

Daschbosch Avon Clairette Blanche 2020
Price: R400
Matured in older 300-litre barrels. A hint of reduction before hay, dried herbs, pear, peach and lime on the nose while the palate has good fruit concentration and fresh acidity before a saline finish. Wonderfully pure and focused.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Another wine in the so-called Experimental Range is the Skin Contact, previously bottled as non-vintage even though it was always from a particular year but the 2021 is now labelled as such.

Daschbosch Skin Contact 2021
Price: R280
70% Chenin Blanc, 30% Muscat d’Alexandrie. Fermented and aged for three months on the skins. Overtones of floral perfume and mint before citrus, peach and spice while the palate shows dense fruit and punchy acidity, the finish long and dry. Nothing if not striking.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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