Migliarina, Chenin Blanc 750ml 2019South Africa, Stellenbosch
'The 2019 explodes with primary fruit, white pear, orchard blossom; fragrant and clean. There is a hint of creamy, almost porcelain-like smells linking with notes of almond paste and suggesting an alluring richness to follow. This richness stays composed with a mineral line balancing the textural mouthfeel, ending with a surprising length and salty lick. There is a nice creamy weight to the wine cleaned out by a pithy satisfying bitter bite at the end. There is so much character here, delicious and moreish.' – James Pietersen (April 2020)
'From 40 to 45 year old bush vines in Stellenbosch, 100% natural ferment, no filtration, finning or cold stabilization. Very clean fresh fruit.' – Carsten Migliarina
Tasting notes on the previous 2017 vintage:
'Just 2,500 bottles produced. Roughly 35 year old vines from a single vineyard, 100% barrel fermented with older shaven oak. Wild yeast ferment. An intense nose with lemon biscuit, vanilla pod spice and dusty yellow apples, aniseed and pineapple confit. Beautifully textured, massive concentration of apple pastille, pink musk, white peach, dusty talc minerality and exotic quince and yellow citrus depth. A classic cool style signature Migliarina wine that when you open it, it’s hard to stop until the bottle is finished. This is very special and very impressive.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94+/100
Since 2002, Carsten Migliarina has quietly been sticking to his vision of producing food-friendly, refined wines that also offer immense value. His successful Migliarina range and small-batch offerings allow him to express his creativity and produce some truly unique wines. He sources grapes from across the entire Western Cape, and only uses those that represent the most exciting possibilities of South African wine. Carsten never studied winemaking but his journey with wine began at the young age of 14 when he first attempted to ferment table grapes. His passion and hard work is what has allowed him to succeed in the industry and his dream is to share his life’s work with the world.
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