Radford Dale The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc 2015
By Christian Eedes, 4 July 2016
The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc 2015 under the Radford Dale label of The Winery of Good Hope is nothing if not dramatic. From a single block of unirrigated, bush vine on the slopes of the Helderberg, juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasted nine months in French oak, mainly 500-litre but also 228-litre barrels, none new.
The nose is very expressive with a top note of honeysuckle before pear, white peach, apricot and a little spice. The palate is rich and forceful, amazingly so given a relatively modest alcohol of 12.86%. Plenty of concentrated fruit, electric acidity and a pithy finish. Years away from drinking at its best. Price: R295 a bottle.
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