In this month’s Decanter magazine
The August edition of Decanter magazine features Tim Atkins’ pick of the best South African old-vine Chenin Blancs, in which we were pleased to see Kaapzicht’s The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016 and DeMorgenzon’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016. Both are produced from estate-grown fruit from old vines, planted in 1947 in the case of Kaapzicht, and 1972 at DeMorgenzon.
The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016, Kaapzicht
Right up there with the very best Cape Chenins of the 2016 vintage. Danie Steytler’s touch is very gentle here, marshalling a magical combination of old-vine concentration, minerality, lees and subtle oak. It’s racy and focused, with flavours of tangerine, pear tart, pineapple and sweet spices.
Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016, DeMorgenzon
Produced from a wonderul array of slopes and aspects, this is an effortlessly complex wine; exotic yet refreshing, viscous yet bone dry, rich yet restrained, showing citrus, honey and stone fruit flavours and an enticing minerality.