Carinus Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
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If you're looking for a local Chenin, the Rooidraai from Carinus would be our pick. Made by SA’s ‘rockstar winemaker’, Lukas van Loggerenberg, and produced by Wine Cellar Young Guns, Danie and Hugo Carinus, it is lovely and rounded with mouth-watering freshness.
'Off dryland bushvines on the red-soiled farm whose name it uses. 2019 showing a little more complexity & breadth than its Swartland sibling, & a more intense, silkier acidity (both more assertive than the Polkadraai Heuwels). Fine balance. 25% new oak.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'If the Carinus Chenin Blanc is from the “premier cru” rows, this wine is from the “grand cru” rows as Danie Carinus describes them. Generally a different portion of the vineyard as well as a partial barrel selection of wines showing more intensity, minerality and tension. Aromatics show lemon herbs, lime peel, wet granite and white citrus. The palate follows with lemon and lime cordial, earthy pithy yellow orchard fruits and grilled herbs. Fabulous rasping tension, pithy, grippy phenolics and an overall intensity and serious Chenin Blanc austerity with mouth watering freshness. Very classy.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94/100

'Low in alcohol, but not short of flavour, this hails from dryland bush vines on red soils (hence the name) and is a little richer and riper than Carinus' Polkadraai bottling. Thatch and baking spice aromas segue into a palate that's leesy, complex and focused, with deftly handled 25% new wood and impressive length. Drink 2021-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100

'As made by Lukas van Loggerenberg from Swartland grapes. Fermented and matured in oak, including a 25% component of first-fill. Yellow fruit, earth and some waxiness plus hints of vanilla and spice. A little rounder and broader than its counterpart above – very flavourful with nicely integrated acidity.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 12.5%
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating PG 94
Producer information Growing wine is the main focus of cousins Danie and Hugo Carinus and when you factor in their close relationship with Lukas Van Loggerenberg, South Africa's 'Rockstar winemaker', you get something absolutely delicious. Danie and Hugo grow their grapes in Devon Valley, Polkadraai and Swartland and supply some of the leading wine producers with these sought-after grapes. They are 5th generation wine growers, and also Wine Cellar Young Guns.
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