Tim Hillock La Cósmica Chenin Blanc 2022

By , 22 January 2024

The credentials of Paardeberg Chenin Blanc is now well established but La Cósmica 2022 as made by Tim Hillock uses grapes from elsewhere in the Swartland, specifically a Kasteelberg vineyard planted in 1988 on predominantly schist soils.

Spontaneously fermented and matured for 10 months in a single 2 606-litre foudre, the nose shows flinty reduction before pear, lime, lemon, fynbos and floral perfume. The palate, meanwhile, has pure fruit, electric acidity and a pithy finish (alc: 12.81%). It’s a particular linear example of the variety with great finesse. Price: R330 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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