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Sadie Family Skurfberg 2014 750ml
SKU 779747
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Sadie Family Skurfberg Chenin Blanc 2014

Olifants River - South Africa

Professional Wine Reviews for Sadie Family Skurfberg Chenin Blanc 2014

Rated 95 by Robert Parker
From 90-year-old Chenin Blanc vines on sandstone soil, the 2014 Skurfberg is closed on the nose at first and then gradually unfurls with dried honey, honeysuckle, broom and hazelnut scents, just a touch of yeastiness underneath. It has wonderful delineation and complexity. The palate is extremely well balanced with enthralling poise and race, freshly sliced pear and red apple interlaced with five-spice towards the long finish. This is one of those wines that needs to be cellared for several years and will definitely repay you.
Rated 94 by Decanter
(100% Chenin Blanc planted in around 1945 on mineral-rich sandstone at 680 meters in the Olifantsrivier ("rough mountain") area of Swartland): Full yellow. Bright, inviting aromas of white plum, elderflower and menthol. The palate conveys the freshness of high-altitude fruit, with soil-driven notes of ginger and quinine and a honeyed quality that comes off as weightless. Boasts outstanding intensity and length, finishing with a light dusting of tannins. A compellingly perfumed wine of great delicacy and class, and as much about the site as about the variety. The old bush vines here are planted at a density of just 1,111 plants to the hectare. This terroir resembles that of his Grenache, notes Sadie. (Galloni)

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Varietal: Chenin Blanc

For centuries, the Chenin Blanc grape has been grown in its native France, and in many other countries around the world (most notably in South Africa). These green skinned grapes are revered for the fact that their high acidity makes them extremely versatile, and Chenin Blanc wines can range from the fascinating, sweet and viscous dessert wines made by allowing noble rot to develop on the fruit, to dry and crisp sparkling crémants, or simple, elegant still white wines. Their key feature is that they are considered to be a highly 'transparent' grape, allowing the features of their terroir to come through in the glass, and the fact that they can carry a beautiful range of tropical fruit flavors such as pineapple, guava and banana.

Country: South Africa

Situated on the very tip of the African continent, South Africa has proved itself over three centuries to be an ideal location for producing a wide range of wines. Benefiting from something not dissimilar to a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers complemented by both Atlantic and Indian Ocean winds, the grapes which grow on the valleys, mountainsides and plains of this fascinating country can ripen to their fullest capacity, producing wines packed full of fruity flavors and an array of interesting and enticing aromas. As a former colony, South Africa has long since been home to a range of different nationalities, who each brought something of their wine culture with them. As such, many European grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and others have been given time to flourish in South Africa, allowing the country to develop a diverse group of wine types which are proving increasingly popular around the world.