Botanica – The Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc 2017


The characterful Henk Laing supplies the grapes for this world class Chenin Blanc from Citrusdal Mountain. Focused, pithy, taut and intense, with very subtle oak, pear and Braeburn apple and an incredible, lip-smacking mineral core. 96/100 Tim Atkin MW

Complex and elegant, with layers of pure, concentrated pear, citrus and stone fruit flavors, mouth-watering acidity and a tangy, mineral core. Ginny Povall – Botanica


Wine of Origin : Citrusdal Mountain
Altitude : 500m
Distance from sea : Approximately 30km
Soil : Red sandy soils (decomposed sandstone) over a layer of clay
Age of vines : Planted in 1957
Trellising : Bush vine
Irrigation : Dry farmed


The Chenin grapes were hand harvested at optimum ripeness, hand sorted, crushed and destemmed. The juice was immediately pressed and cold settled for 2 days at 10°C. Half was spontaneously fermented in a stainless steel tank and half was spontaneously fermented in 4th fill 400 liter French oak barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the fine lees in stainless steel tank/oak barrels for 9 months before blending and bottling. No malolactic fermentation.


Hailing from the fabled terroir of South Africa’s Skurfberg, this iconic Cape Chenin boasts a stellar 7 maximum 5-star ratings in Platter’s South African Wine Guide since its 2009 vintage debut.

Platter’s SA Wine Guide : 5 stars
Tim Atkin MW : 96 points (Christian Eedes) : 95 points
Vinous (Neal Martin) : 92 points
Jancis Robinson : 17 points

Alc : 14% |
TA : 6.3 g/l
RS : 3.7 g/l
pH : 3.22


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