Kottabos Chenin Blanc 2022

By , 20 January 2023

In September last year, columnist Jamie Goode wrote on this site that skin-fermented white wines “will remain the territory of the geek”, at least for the meanwhile. Kottabos Chenin Blanc, however, sees Reenen Borman of Boschkloof attempting to defy that pronouncement, this wine typically having extended skin contact but never emerging too esoteric or weird.

Grapes grown by Jozua Joubert of Polkadraai farm Karibib, winemaking for the 2022 involved wholebunch fermentation for six before maturation lasting 10 months in older oak. The nose shows peach, orange, ginger and other spice while the palate is light-bodied and well balanced – not too tart or grippy as some “orange” wines can be. Price: R205 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

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