The Wine Thief Costa del Swart Chenin Blanc 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
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'Crunchy, zingy green apple sherbet, with an intense mineral core, and orchard-blossom perfume. That salty-sweet, umami characteristic is truly unique, and expresses Chenin Blanc in a totally different way. This is very much a wine-geek kind of wine, but incredibly accessible with a dozen oysters…' – Ewan

Tasting notes on the 2017 vintage:
'Part of a growing range of small batch releases from sommelier Ewan Mackenzie, this Chenin-based blend with Roussanne and Grenache Blanc comes from the prized vineyards of Christa von la Chevallerie among others and is a wonderfully complex amalgam, with pastry and orange zest, a sprinkling of white pepper and vivid acidity. Drink 2018-23.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

'Made from Paardeberg fruit (so the witty allusion to Swartland), including drops of roussanne & grenache blanc. Fruitiness is not what interesting 2017 is most about, despite dried peach & lingering thatchy flavours - crucially, these go with stony minerality & fresh, succulent acid.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (90/100)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Ewan Mackenzie and Christa von la Chevallerie
Alcohol 12%
Body Light to medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Producer information The Wine Thief wines are created via collaborations between Cape Sommelier, Ewan Mackenzie, and different South African winemakers. Ewan has had over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and has been Sommelier at La Colombe – one of South Africa’s premium restaurants. The aim of Wine Thief wines is to combine his sommelier knowledge with that of top winemakers to produce innovative wines, particularly from single cultivars which are not commonly produced on their own.
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