Miracle Bush White 2021

By , 13 February 2023



Miracle Bush falls under the umbrella brand of Swartberg Wingerde, belonging to Rudiger Gretschel, production director of major wine company Vinimark.

The 2021 white blend is W.O. Piekenierskloof and consists of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Palimino, the latter from a 1965 vineyard, thought to be the oldest in South Africa. In the cellar, maturation lasted nine months, the Chenin in older 225-litre barrels plus clay pots and the Palomino in foudre.

The nose shows pear, peach, floral perfume and a touch of dried herbs while the palate is lean without being skeletal, the acidity soft but sufficient, the finish pithy. It’s a subtle, intricate wine that’s beatifully balanced. Price: R265 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

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    Jan Carlsson | 15 February 2023

    If I remember it right Elemental Bob made a Palomino 2016 from a vinyard in Montegue planted 1923!

    Angela Lloyd | 13 February 2023

    Check Francois Haasbroek’s Pleasure Garden palomino. This is from a 1927-planted vineyad in Robertson.

      Pieter de Klerk | 13 February 2023

      Indeed, Angela. I think Elemantal Bob’s Farmer Red Beard Palomino might well also be from that block – and there’s another 1928 block there as well. There are other blocks from the 1930’s and 1940’s too. We actually have quite a bit of old Palomino in SA.

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