Rall White 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Cape Coastal
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Now well-established as one of SA's benchmark whites, the 2020 Rall White pips the much-lauded Ava Chenin at the post with its complexity and masterful winemaking. Settled in its style, the 2020 has loads of fragrance balanced by a mineral-backed, crystalline acidity.
'The Swartland and Stellenbosch are the twin sources of this consistently outstanding white blend from Donovan Rall, made from a cuvée of Chenin Blanc with 32% Verdelho and a splash of Viognier. Nuanced, understated and focused, with wax, lanolin and aniseed top notes and a palate of citrus, pear and peach skin. Taut and refreshing. 2022-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 96/100

'64% Chenin Blanc, 32% Verdelho and 4% Viognier. The nose of this vintage is rather exotic with notes of pineapple and other tropical fruit to go with pear, peach, citrus, herbs and spice. The palate possesses great fruit density but also freshness – the acidity is high without being hard or angular. Lots going on in terms of flavour, the finish long and dry.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'Chenin Blanc 64%, Verdelho 32% and Viognier 4% all fermented naturally and matured separately in a combination of 225, 400 and 500 litre seasoned French oak and in this vintage around 20% of the Chenin also in concrete before blending and bottling after 10 months.

With a bigger component of the blend from the old vine Chenin grown on the granitic soils of the Paardeberg, this vintage retains the fine mineral backbone of the 2019 but with more texture, green and yellow citrus fruit, herbs and even some spice on the palate. Great natural acidity and a very low pH will also give this wine great aging potential of up to 10 years from vintage.' – Donovan Rall, Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Some of the most serious white wines in the world are more often than not wines that can be quite illusive, restrained and slightly introverted. That’s because the greatest white wines don’t have to advertise their true potential on release with vulgar “low hanging fruit” to draw attention. It’s the complete opposite – mystery, reserve and restraint. That is exactly where this epic white blend from Donovan fits in. An exotic blend of 68% Chenin Blanc, 28% Verdelho and 4% Viognier, the fruit for this wine was sourced from a number of soil types before being fermented with indigenous yeasts and then aged for 10 months in old French oak. The nose on this blend suggests a lot but simultaneously gives little away boasting a complex but understated melange of green pears, yellow grapefruit, green apple and tangerine pith. The palate is fabulously steely and linear, taut and precise with real structure and focused purity but also an impressively harmonious balance and textural finesse that you only normally experience on the greatest white vintages of Grand Cru Burgundy. South Africa is indeed blessed to possess the raw materials (and winemaking talent) to create incredible wines like this for an absolute steal. Drink a bottle or two on release after an hours decant and cellar the rest for a good 5 to 8+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 97+/100

'Generosity of warm Swartland, freshness of cooler Stellenbosch combine in complex 2019. Chenin & verdelho (68/28) with drop viognier deliver aromatic breadth; ripe stonefruit, earthy tones & floral nuance; limy, greengage zest enhance tension, texture & long sweet-fruit finish. Memorable. Wholebunch, older-oak ferment & ageing, 10% of chenin in concrete.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (96/100)

'Showing its highest-ever levels of acidity, this brilliant blend uses fruit from seven vineyards and is a cuvée of mostly Chenin Blanc with 28% Verdelho and 4% Viognier. Floral, leesy and complex with wonderful harmony and palate depth, notes of aniseed, pear and beeswax and racy minerality. One of the Cape's best blended whites. Drink 2021-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 96/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Donovan Rall
Alcohol 13%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 64% Chenin Blanc, 32% Verdelho and 4% Viognier
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating TA 96
Producer information Donovan Rall is one of SA’s finest, most exciting winemakers. In 2008, it all started with a bang when his first Rall White was awarded a Platter’s 5-Star. Since then, Donovan’s wines have continued on an unbelievable upward trajectory. He produces some of SA’s most sought-after wines including the stellar AVA single-vineyard wines, and his near-cult Rall White.
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