Stellenrust current releases

By , 5 October 2022

What a contrast in styles the standard label and Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch producer Stellenrust provides, the former providing unadulterated pleasure and the latter utter decadence. Tasting notes for the current releases as follows:

Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2022
Price: R82
Grapes are harvested from vineyards planted to decomposed granite and varying in age, but no younger than 30 years. Mostly tank fermented but a small portion treated in older oak. Enchanting aromatics with tops of floral perfume and fynbos before pear, peach, citrus and guava. The palate shows excellent fruit concentration, zingy acidity and a pithy finish. Tastes like summer.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Stellenrust 56 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2020
Price: R240
Harvested from a 56-year-old dryland vineyard and hence the name. Spontaneously fermented and matured in predominantly older oak for nine months. Includes a small portion of botrytis-infected grapes. Potent aromatics of over-ripe orange, peach, apricot, honey, bee’s wax, ginger and spice while the palate is super-intense – big fruit volume matched by tangy acidity. Dense, thick textured and almost overwhelmingly flavourful.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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