Remhoogte Honeybunch Chenin Blanc Reserve 2013
Winery Location: R44 Stellenbosch
Winemaker: Chris Boustred
Background: This week saw the announcement of the winners of the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge for 2014. Even out of a total of 126 entries the Remhoogte Honeybunch 2013 was included in the top 10.
The grapes are grown on a 29-year-old registered single vineyard – the oldest on the estate. The vines yield a low average of five tons per hectare and benefit from the fresh, cool maritime breezes, ensuring optimal ripening for the grapes. The honey-gold bunches are carefully picked at harvest and then naturally fermented in older oak casks. After fermentation the wine was left on the lees for 12 months of maturation before it was racked and bottled.
Result: Rich tempting aromas of peaches and cream with subtle hints of honeysuckle lead you to silky smooth flavours of peach and apricot with limey acidity. The wine has lovely structure and the complexity to allow for more rewarding flavours in the future.
When to drink: Now until 2018
Drink with what: We enjoyed it with happy hog pork belly with apple, pear and parsley prepared by the team at the Delaire Graff Restaurant. It can also be paired with a rich seafood paella.
Expect to pay: R163.50
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