When we drink citrusy, fleshy Chenin, this is exactly what we dream of. South Africa does Chenin like nowhere else on Earth, with intense flavors, minerality and freshness. A must try at this price!
Quinta Essentia, founded in 2015, is a partnership between Betz Family Winery, leading South African winemaker Carl van der Merwe, and DeMorgenzon owner Wendy Appelbaum. They have set out to rediscover and resurrect compelling low yielding old bush vine Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch South Africa, and then craft wine that expresses this unique terroir.
Greg Sherwood is a SA Master of Wine, who also writes for Decanter. He awarded it 95 points and said: “…an impressive wine and once allowed a little time in the glass explodes on your palate like an avalanche of flavours. The aromatics are loaded with sweet pineapple pastille, orange blossom, lemon cordial, sweet yellow nectarine nuances before a final reprise of tangerine zest and Seville orange confit. Intricately multi-layered between granitic minerality and sweet yellow fruit intensity, there is also a subtle hint of lactic vanilla oak spice but it is already beautifully integrated. The palate is incredibly intense and fleshy with more wet thatch notes, pineapple pastille, crunchy white peach and honey drizzled on warm white toast. The acids bristle on the palate and perfectly balance the rich, fleshy fruit concentration leading to a very long, bold, complex finish.”
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