Villiera Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2019
By Christian Eedes, 4 February 2020
Grapes picked fully ripe including a small portion of botrytis, some first-fill barrels incorporated in the oaking regime and regular batonage (stirring of the lees) all make for a luxuriant sort of richness when it comes to the Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2019 from Stellenbosch property Villiera.
The nose shows a top note of blossom before citrus and stone fruit plus some waxy character and a hint of spice. The palate is full and smooth textured but there’s also tangy acidity lending verve, the finish nicely dry. With 7.4g/l of residual sugar playing off against a total acidity of 6.6g/l, an alcohol of 13.76% and a pH of 3.33, this is well balanced and should age very nicely indeed. Great bang for your buck at R143 a bottle from the farm.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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