Eenzaamheid Chenin Blanc 2019
By Christian Eedes, 12 March 2021
Janno Briers-Louw of 7th generation family farm Eenzaamheid in Agter-Paarl reckons the 2019 vintage finally saw the full potential of the farm’s Chenin Blanc being realized. Grapes from an 18ha vineyard planted in 1985 by his grandfather, harvest entailed four different pickings, winemaking involving fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months in large-format oak.
Aromatics are compelling with notes of lime, white peach, dried herbs and hay, a little earthiness, and some yeasty complexity. The palate, meanwhile, has excellent fruit concentration, punchy acidity and a savoury, slightly bitter finish. It starts big (alcohol is 13.5%) but then the acidity becomes more prominent, the final impression being a pleasant pithiness. Super stuff. Price: R180 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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