Simonsig Langbult Steen 2022
By Christian Eedes, 13 June 2023
Simonsig in Stellenbosch has just released Langbult Steen Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2022. Previously known as Chenin Avec Chêne, grapes come from a vineyard planted on a long hill (“Langbult”) in 1987, the wine now eligible for certified heritage status with the Old Vine Project.
Spontaneously fermented and matured for 11 months in older 300- and 400-litre barrels, the nose shows top notes of flowers and herbs before citrus and peach, a hint of spice as well as some leesy character while the palate has concentrated fruit and zippy acidity, the finish savoury and even slightly bitter. Alc: 13.5%.
It rated 90 points in the recent Prescient Chenin Blanc Report and it sells for R235 a bottle. It comes across as primary and perhaps a little angular now and should only gain in complexity with a year or two in bottle.
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