The Fledge & Co. HoekSteen 2014
By Christian Eedes, 28 October 2015
The Fledge & Co. is the label belonging to Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel (also winemaker at Calitzdorp’s Boplaas) with them sourcing grapes from across the Cape for their various wines.
HoekSteen is a Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch bush vines planted in 1980 and 1981 and while the 2013 was appealing enough (see here), the current release sees the ante raised. With grapes varying from just ripe to those with a very light touch of botrytis, winemaking involved a bit of skin contact and then 12 months on the lees in tank.
On the nose, there’s a top note of orange blossom before citrus, peach and apricot. The palate has a sun-kissed quality about it – pure, juicy fruit and bright acidity before a gently savoury, almost salty finish. A subtle and refined offering. Price: R135 a bottle.