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Spioenkop ‘Sarah Raal’ Chenin Blanc 2019


The Chenin Blanc vineyard on Spioenkop is situated on one of the protruding “fingers” of the hill upon which the farm sits. The upper portion is on koffieklip (ferricrete) and the lower portion on shale. The Sarah Raal comes from the smaller top section of this vineyard and is the brighter and more delicate of the two. The wine spends time sitting on the lees of Chardonnay during ageing, giving it a very slight creamy feel to it. Rich fruit finish. Tim Atkin: 95pt

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Belgian native Koen farms a hilltop in the middle of Elgin WO he planted to vines in the early 2000s. A qualified engineer and former sommelier, he has a very clear vision for what he wants to achieve. His wines reflect his European heritage while still reflecting the terroir of Spioenkop. The two new single-site Chenin Blancs are particularly interesting – the ‘Sarah Raal’ is from ferricrete soils and the ‘Johanna Brandt’ is from shale. Brilliant, fine examples of cooler-climate South African Chenin Blanc. Both the Riesling and Pinotage wines are among the best in South Africa.







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