Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016
By Christian Eedes, 13 February 2017
After working harvests around the world, Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche have established the Thistle & Weed label locally, their first release being Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016.
Grapes from a Muldersvlei vineyard over 65 years old, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation in third-fill barrels before six months of maturation.
The result is a wonderfully subtle and intricate wine. The nose shows citrus, peach and pineapple as well as a hint of earthiness and some yeasty complexity. The palate is light but flavourful – great fruit definition, the acidity particularly lively, the finish long and pithy. Wine Cellar price: R150 a bottle.
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