Christian Eedes' top 20 wines in 2013
Rated 95 points by WineMag.co.za
It has an extraordinarily complex nose - a delicate potpourri top note before, citrus, peach and pear plus more secondary characteristics including yeastiness, nuttiness, honey and spice. Fantastic fruit concentration and more than enough acidity - the proportions are close to perfect. The finish, meanwhile, is long and pithy. Goosebumps good. Christian Eedes - www.whatidranklastnight.co.za
In The Vineyard
Old bush vine planted by Danie Jnr’s great grandfather in 1947. The vineyard has been registered as a single vineyard, making it the second oldest Chenin block in the country. Originally 6ha in size, only 1ha of the very low yielding vineyard remains.
In The Cellar
Grapes come from a 1947 block, SA’s second oldest planted to Chenin, and hence the name. Winemaking is “very hands off” - spontaneous fermentation and maturation for 12 months in various sizes of barrel, about 50% new.
The wine is slightly higher in alcohol by volume (14.05% compared to 13.6% in the case of 2013), lower in total acidity (5.0g/l vs 5.4g/l) and naturally went through malolactic fermentation whereas the 2013 didn’t causing Steytler to profess a mild concern that it doesn’t have the same drive as its predecessor.
It is however significantly drier (residual sugar being 1.7g/l versus the 2013’s 4.0g/l) and I think it’s also a touch less oxidative.