Cape of Good Hope, Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 750ml 2017South Africa, Western Cape
'The Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2016 comes from Skurfberg, the name recognizing the two farmers who own and tend the 1964 vineyards in question. In the cellar, 22% of the wine was fermented in 300-litre new French oak barrels, the rest in tank, maturation lasting seven months.
The wine currently appears extraordinarily primary. On the nose, a floral note before pear, white peach and talcum powder while he palate possesses a good core of fruit, fresh acidity and a pithy finish.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 91/100
Basie van Lill of Arbeidsend and Jozua Visser of Oudam have owned and worked these vineyards for decades. The vines share space with fynbos and Rooibos tea bushes while sheep also graze the land. Planted in 1964, the vines are on either red sand or clay on the Skurfberg mountain, surrounded by fynbos. The area's height above sea level, naturally low rainfall and treasury of old vines that don't have the benefit of irrigation results in intense and balanced wines. The hot days are tempered by refreshing cool nights due to the land's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean (Lamberts Bay). All of these factors, along with the age and balance of these bush vines, contribute to ripeness, intense fruit and wines with a high natural acidity.
A vibrant nose of nectarine, stone fruit and melon with a vague hint of flint. There's more of the same on the palate which is taut but showing lively, fresh arpicot, peach and melon flavours. The acidity makes for a juicy mouthful. Lovely palate weight and texture. Good grip and a long, satisfying aftertaste.
This is new-release wine and has not been reviewed yet. See notes on the 2015 vintage:
'Van Lill and Visser are two neighbouring growers on Citrusdal Mountain, whose 80/20 blend is among the best Chenins of the Cape. Tarte tatin, vanilla oak, sea breeze-like aromas and a backbone of crunchy acidity make this a wine to age or enjoy right now. Delicious. Drink: 2016-21.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2016
|Drink To||Drink or cellar|
|Producer||Cape of Good Hope|
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