Lionel Smit Studio Series #1 2017

By , 20 September 2019

Piece of work.

Lionel Smit is an artist, Bernhard Bredell a winemaker (his own label being Scions of Sinai) and this Grenache Blanc from Voor Paardeberg grapes is the product of their collaboration. Vinification involved three days of skin contact, fermentation occurring spontaneously, 25% in new oak before 10 months of maturation.

The nose shows dried herbs, pear, lime and white peach plus some leesy complexity. The palate is light bodied with driving acidity and a pithy finish (alcohol: 11.5%). It’s quite a stern wine but it certainly makes you sit up and take notice. Wine Cellar price: R335 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

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