Laibach, Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 750ml 2019South Africa, Stellenbosch
‘An absolute standout Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc in terms of value – winemaking includes carbonic maceration, lengthy skin contact, wild yeast and old oak combined with portions raised in concrete egg. Previous vintages have been absolutely stellar, the 2019 came to us quite young, we suggest a few months to settle. Taut and focussed but with lots of leesy texture and quince plus bruised apple and some baking spice evident. Enjoy on its own or with simple midweek chicken schnitzels, pork chops or light seafood dishes.’ – James Pietersen
Alc: 13.5% | RS: 2.7 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.48
Tasting notes on the 2018 vintage:
'The nose is very fragrant with notes of honeysuckle, citrus, peach, pineapple, a hint of bee’s wax plus a little spice in the background while the palate has excellent fruit concentration, tangy acidity and a slightly bitter finish. Plenty of weight and power, this’s the antithesis of the ethereal wines being made by the likes of Alheit or David & Nadia but compelling in its own way.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 94/100
'Diverse methods, 75% carbonic maceration, 21 days skin contact, wild ferment, half each French oak & concrete ‘eggs’ to create 2018. Lime peel & quince, savoury underpin, ends saline, but it’s mainly about precision & style. Improves on 2017 (4 stars, 88 pts).' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)
The Laibach farm, as we know it today, dates back to 1818 when it was originally called “Good Success”. It was later divided into 3 farms, one of which was purchased by Friedrich Laibach in 1994 and became Laibach farm. Laibach is located in Simonsberg, and has been converted to organic farming since the start of the century. The winemaking approach is one of minimal intervention so to allow the Simonsberg-Stellenbosch site to produce the flavours in the vineyards.
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator