Spioenkop 1900 Chenin Blanc 2013
By Christian Eedes, 30 June 2016
While we’ll soon be inundated with white wines from the 2016 vintage, Spioenkop has just released the 2013 vintage of its alternative label 1900 Chenin Blanc and it’s drinking nicely.
A blend of 55% Elgin and 45% Bottelary grapes, it was matured for 11 months on the lees, a third in new oak, a third in older oak and a third in tank. The nose shows peach, apricot and an intriguing, presumably botrytis-derived mushroom-like quality. On the palate, there’s good fruit concentration and tangy acidity before a gently savoury finish. Approximate retail price: R125 a bottle.
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