Spioenkop Sarah Raal Chenin Blanc 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
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The Spioenkop Sarah Raal Chenin Blanc 2020 was named one of the Wines of the Year in Tim Atkin MW's 2021 SA Special Report.
'The grapes that used to go into the Johanna Brandt bottling now go into this wine, as they are "better together", according to Koen Roose. Intensely mineral, this is very much a cool climate style, with wonderful freshness and vivacity, citrus and passion fruit flavours and baking spice top notes. Drink 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 95/100

'The grapes that usually go into the Johanna Brandt cuvée included in this vintage – 30% tank fermented, 70% fermented and matured for 12 months in barrel, 20% new. Honeysuckle, yellow apple, wet wool and spice on the nose while the palate displays super-concentrated fruit matched by lip-smacking acidity before a saline finish. Huge presence and flavour (alcohol is 14%).' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

'Pale lemon straw colour with a clean nose of unexpected linear purity of fruit, such as white peach, pineapple, apple and pear notes, rounded with a touch of chalkiness. On the palate the layered complexity of mandarine zest, apple, pickling spices, white citrus/jasmine blossoms, grapefruit pith and a fine minerality surprise. The beautifully balanced acidity and the intense core make a wine that is fresh, crisp and elegant with tremendous depth.' – Koen Roose, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Koen Roose
Alcohol 14.2%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 3.3 g/L | TA: 7.5 g/L | PH: 3.23
Producer information Spioenkop Wines, situated in the Elgin Valley, was established in 2008 with Koen Roose as winemaker. Koen’s philosophy is that of low intervention, allowing the wines to express their region. His single-minded, terroir-driven approach encapsulates the passion that will redefine the Cape wine industry. Biodynamic practices are also followed, although Spioenkop is not certified biodynamic. The high altitude and cool climate of the Spioenkop terrior has aided in Spioenkop producing one of the finest Rieslings in SA. John Platter selected the 2013 as one of his 7 wines to present at the 2015 Swartland Revolution, saying that it was the finest South African Riesling that he has ever tasted.
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