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

Olifants River - South Africa

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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

Originating in France yet now grown in many parts of the New World, Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile and highly regarded white wine grape varietals on earth. These green skinned grapes hold a relatively high acid content, and as such can be used for making still white wines of exceptional quality, as well as superb sparkling wines (such as the Crémant wines of the Loire Valley) and extremely aromatic dessert wines. Their natural transparency means that they are a fine grape for expressing their terroir in the bottle, and winemakers often experiment with this varietal to coax unusual and intense flavors from the grapes, such as allowing the development of noble rot on the fruit in order to make sweet and viscous wines of a unique character.

Country: South Africa

As geographically diverse country, with everything from lush green valleys to areas of arid desert, mountainsides and river estuaries, South Africa unsurprisingly produces a huge range of excellent wines. Regions such as the Breede River Valley consistently impress with their Semillon wines and the lush, fruity Ruby Cabernets grown and processed here, and the cooler region of Overberg is attracting much attention as a result of their silky Pinot Noir bottles. However, all over the oceanic tip of this fascinating country, traditional methods dating back over three hundred years are combining with modern technologies to produce some of the finest examples of New World wines to be found anywhere on the globe.