Spioenkop Sarah Raal Chenin Blanc 2017


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The grapes for the Sarah Raal 2016 are planted on ferricrete (koffieklip) and sit at an altitude of 270-290masl. Slowly pressed (meaning a little bit of skin contact) and naturally fermented in stainless steel on lees for 8 months giving some mid-palate richness. Then 3 months elevage in old French oak and bottled in early December. Approximately 2000 bottles produced.

Tasting notes:
‘Named after a Boer War guerrilla – Koen Roose-Vandenbroucke likes to be controversial – this is a first release of a pure Chenin from ferricrete soils. With very little oak influence, the fruit is given free rein: white flowers, pear tart, citrus and a tight, focused, pithy finish that’s rich in extract. 2018-24’. – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 96/100

‘No sooner does the 2015 vintage of the 1900 Chenin Blanc from Elgin producer Spioenkop rate 5 Stars in Platter’s than it is dispensed with. Whereas this wine contained a portion of Stellenbosch fruit, winemaker Koen Roose opted to make two versions of Chenin Blanc sourced entirely from his own property in 2016, the wines named after prominent figures of the Anglo-Boer War. From ferricrete soil. Matured for nine months on the lees in tank before three months in old oak. Pear, white peach and yellow apple plus just a hint of leesy complexity. Delicate yet expressive with well-defined fruit, the acidity beautifully integrated. Restrained and graceful.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100

Elegant gooseberry flavours with thrilling minerality. Produced in the highlands of Elgin. 13.5%Alc.

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