Fram Chenin Blanc 2016
By Christian Eedes, 10 September 2019
While many of SA’s leading producers are currently selling their 2018 if not 2019 vintage, the 2016 vintage of Fram Chenin Blanc as made by Thinus Kruger seems to be fairly widely available and what a pleasure to able to obtain something slightly older.
Made from a combination of Piekenierskloof and Swartland grapes, the wine is a deep straw yellow in colour, while the nose shows peach, apricot, kumquat and quince to go with some nuttiness and a leesy quality that goes beyond waxiness and evokes modelling clay! The palate is lean in the best sense with a pleasantly sour acidity and a finish which is savoury to the point of bitter (alcohol: 12.5%). It’s an arresting, most refreshing drop. Approximate retail price: R255 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.
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