Illimis Chenin Blanc 2017

By , 29 July 2019

Lucinda Heyns of Illimis Wines.

Lucinda Heyns, viticultural technology transfer coordinator at Winetech, also makes wines under her own label called Illimis, Latin for “clarity”. Tasting notes and ratings for her current releases as follows:

Illimis Chenin Blanc 2017
Price: R245
Grapes sourced from Elgin. Matured for eight months in older oak. Pear, white peach and yellow apple on the nose. Good fruit definition, coated acidity and a gently savoury finish. A delicate, understated wine that speaks of its cool-climate origin. Alcohol: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

Illimis Riesling 2017
From Darling bushivines. Matured for six months in barrel. A hint of “petrol”  but also blossom, lime, green apple, apricot and spice. The palate is rich and relatively thick textured with tangy acidity and a savoury finish. Plenty of personality if somewhat unconventional. Alcohol: 11.5%.

Editor’s rating: 89/100.

Illimis Cinsault 2017
From a Darling vineyard planted in the 1970s.  Half the grapes underwent carbonic maceration, half whole-bunch fermentation. A very attractive nose showing red fruit, roses, a subtle herbal note and white pepper. Light bodied and fresh with soft tannins – entirely charming. Alcohol: 12%.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

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