Radford Dale Vinum Chenin Blanc 2021 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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‘12% alcohol. This is bright, vivid and citrussy with lovely acidity, but also some attractive pear and white peach notes. The keen acid line is the real backbone here: it’s got plenty of concentration, but it’s made in a linear, incisive style with real freshness, and a stony minerality. There’s some mandarin and citrus peel on the finish, adding interest. Don’t serve too cold.’ – Jamie Goode,Wineanorak.com,93/100

‘Grapes from a 1969 Helderberg vineyard plus Polkadraai Hills. Vinification involves a small portion of skin contact, while 40% is matured for nine months in barrels of various sizes. Expressive aromatics of pear, peach, citrus and cut apple while the palate has good depth of fruit, tangy acidity and a savoury finish. Perfectly styled in the sense of being not too geeky nor too conventional.’ Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100

‘Full bottle a laudable 1,160 g. Smart screwcap. Chenin Blanc accounts for 80% of white wine production at Radford Dale, and 50% overall. The old bush vines that produce this Chenin Blanc are planted in some of the purest granite soils on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain, in coastal Stellenbosch. The vines are mainly dry-farmed, on steep SE-facing slopes and close to False Bay, cooled by winds that come off the ocean during the hot summer. Grapes were picked by hand and manually sorted. A gentle destemming and pressing, before settling in stainless-steel tanks for alcoholic fermentation. Around 40% of the must is transferred to Burgundian barrels for spontaneous fermentation – an equal mix of new, 2nd and 3rd fill. There was a small portion of skin contact. The barrel-fermented part of the wine comes from vines planted in 1969 – a vineyard that supplies their flagship Renaissance Chenin Blanc. Rich, pure Chenin Blanc fruit aromas of fresh, lightly spiced pear and very ripe citrus (orange as well as grapefruit) entwined with a light mealy/creamy impression from the oak. There's a tiny hint of reduction, or so it seems, giving it an inviting smoky edge and adding another layer of complexity before it even goes into your mouth. That lovely smokiness and grapefruit zing increase as the wine warms up. Excellent counterbalance between the crisp acidity and the textured richness on the palate. That spicy pear flavour comes back on the finish. Well-modulated and persistent.’ – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5

‘Grapes were picked by hand as well as manually sorted. A gentle destemming & pressing, before setlling in stainless steel tank for alcoholic fermentation. Around 40% of the must is transferred to Burgundian barrels for natural fermentation – an equal mix of new, 2nd and 3rd fill. There was a small portion of skin contact.’ – Radford Dale

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Jacques de Klerk
Alcohol 12%
Body Light-bodied
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating JG 93
Technical analysis RS:1.6 g/l | TA: 5.4 g/l | PH: 3.49
Producer information Alex Dale and Ben Radford are the founders of Radford Dale. Alex and his team produce only the most individual, terroir-focused wines under the Radford Dale range. They own some vineyards but also co-managing parcels of the best vines with growers in other regions. They follow a minimal intervention winemaking approach and their dedication to nature, geology and climate is beautifully expressed in their wines.

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