Illimis Chenin Blanc 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
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'W.O. Elgin. Fermented and matured for seven months in older oak. A hint of flinty reduction before pear, peach and a hint of green apple. The palate is wonderfully linear and direct – a dense core of fruit and bright acidity before a savoury finish. Tightly wound now, this needs a good year or two to settle.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'Citrus blossom aromas, crunchy apple, lemon & lime flavours & notes of pear & quince, nettle finish. 2020 approaches 2019 (5 stars, 95 pts) in impressiveness, with lees ageing in oak adding weight & breadth. Both from Elgin.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'One of only a handul of Chenin Blancs from cool climate Elgin - Chardonnay and Sauvignon are much more widely planted - this is a complex, low-intervention style from Lucinda Heyns, with notes of honey and baking spices, yeasty, bready undertones and thrilling acidity. Drink 2021-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 93/100

'The 2020 vintage has delicate summer melon, blossom, white pear and green apple aromas. The complex, layered palette opens up beautifully in your glass with characteristic racy acidity and a chalky texture.' – Lucinda Heyns, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Lucinda Heyns
Alcohol 13%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating CE 93
Technical analysis RS: 2.0 g/L | TA: 5.1 g/L | PH: 3.38
Producer information Namibian born winemaker and viticulturist, Lucinda Heyns, started making wines under the Illimis label in 2015. She studied viticulture in South Africa and gained experience in South Africa, California and Italy. Lucinda’s winemaking philosophy is clear, she believes that wines should be crafted to reflect their origin and should harness what nature provides. She therefore follows a minimal intervention approach and allows each wine to reflect its unique vintage.
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