Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2018

By , 5 December 2019



The stuff of legend.

Mount Abora sees three wine mavericks collaborating, these being Pieter de Waal who has put out some interesting stuff under the Hermit on the Hill label, Krige Visser responsible for winemaking at Arcangeli Vineyards in Bot River and Johan “Stompie” Meyer of Force Majeure, Mother Rock and JH Meyer Wines.

The trio have come up with something special in the form of Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2018. Consisting of 50% Swartland fruit vinified by Meyer and 50% Bot River vinified by Visser, the nose shows peach, naartjie, spice and some leesy complexity. The palate is rich despite a modest alcohol of 12.5% – lovely mouthfeel and texture, coated acidity and a finish that is bitter in the best sense. Layers of flavour and well balanced, this is super stuff. Approximate retail price: R150 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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    Fiona Thompson | 10 May 2020

    Is this wine supposed to be a deep colour, like a dessert wine. It tastes off or is avery wooded chardonnay. Very bitter

      Christian Eedes | 11 May 2020

      Hi Fiona, It sounds like your bottle was suffering from random oxidation – exposure to air causing the wine to lose its vibrancy in terms of colour and flavour. That said, Koggelbos is made according to low intervention methods and is perhaps not for everybody.

      Pieter de Waal | 11 May 2020

      Hi Fiona. The 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc tended to be darker in colour due to maturation in old oak barrels (maybe from there also your Chardonnay reference?) From 2017 we moved over to a combination of cement egg, oak barrel as well as Zeppelin plastic eggs for fermentation and maturation. Please let me know which vintage you are referring to and if you have more bottles of it we will gladly swop them out for you or replace with a more recent vintage. My contact details are elsewhere on the comments on this post. Regards, Pieter de Waal

    Wessel Strydom | 5 December 2019

    Where can I purchase this wine?

    Kwispedoor | 5 December 2019

    I haven’t tasted this vintage yet, but the wine has a great track record since 2011 and also matures with benefit. Such a bargain!

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