Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rijk's 'Touch of Oak' Chenin Blanc 2009

This is the South African Chenin Blanc that I've been looking for. After incessant moaning about its shortcomings, I've finally found one worth raving about.

It's lively, zesty and has good depth of fruit, unlike the others I've tried that are just zesty if you're lucky. All sorts of winemaking jumping through hoops was done here - with great results. Combinations of oak and stainless steel fermentation (90% new oak, 60% with natural yeast), French and Hungarian oak, etc. The end result is a combination of citrusy zest and waxy body, with good fruit too. Impressive.

'Touch of Oak' Chenin Blanc 2009
Coastal Region, South Africa
Virgin Wines

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a very nice bottle, I shall go on the hunt for the 09 vintage :)