Diemersfontein The Clockmaker Chenin Blanc 2021
By Christian Eedes, 6 December 2022
New from Wellington property Diemersfontein is a Chenin Blanc from a certified heritage block planted in 1986 by Richard Sonnenberg, father of current owner David. As for the name, it recalls Cesare Zanardi, and Italian prisoner of war in the 1940s who spent some years working at Diemersfontein before returning to Italy and becoming a successful clockmaker in Bolzano, South Tirol, the Sonnenberg and Zanardi families subsequently maintaining a friendship.
The wine was fermented and matured for 12 months in 400-litre barrels of which 25% were new. The nose shows pear, peach, citrus, hay and some subtle vanilla while the palate is full but balanced with the concentrated fruit that old vines so often give, a smart line of acidity lending drive and a bone-dry finish. Price: R280 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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