Chenin Blanc Association debuts at Nederburg Auction
A special selection of six chenin blancs, rated five stars by Platter’s SA Wine Guide, will come under the hammer as part of the 2012 Nederburg Auction that takesplace later this month. The proceeds from this snapshot of South Africa’s top chenins, most of them produced from older vines, will go to the Chenin Blanc Association to promote the planting and production of high quality chenin blanc.
This brief clip showcases the varietal and its spectacular rise to popularity over the past few years.
Nederburg Auction Manager Dalene Steyn says: “We’re really happy to welcome such a stirling line-up of chenin vintages to the auction platform. The collection reflects a group of interesting and varied wines with strong credentials.”
Chairman of the Chenin Blanc Association Ken Forrester says that the association has an aim that is simply expressed – to ensure that South African chenin blanc takes its rightful place with the other great white wines of the world. “Chenin blanc in South Africa has extensive depth in terms of vineyards, terroir diversity and winemaking expertise. The grape’s exceptional versatility and the excellent selection of fruit available, due to the Cape Winelands’ wide terroir, provide for great variety of style. Winemaking techniques depend on the style of wine desired. We honestly believe chenin blanc is a fantastic driver, probably the most effective for our industry‘.
Five cases of the following wines, at a reserve price of R1 200 per case, will be sold in Paarl on 28 & 29 September 2012:
Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2008: Made by Sebastian Beaumont, this wine expresses the pure character of the grape and the individual philosophy of Beaumont wines. Only fruit selected from oldest Chenin Blanc vineyard. Intricate and complex, textured and elegant, great potential for further ageing.
StellenRust “45” 2009: Tertius Boshoff made this stunning wine from a 45-year-old single vineyard. Rich quince andalmond fruit, tangy lime core, enhanced by toasty oak. Delicious and age worthy.
Botanica Chenin Blanc 2009: Made by Virginia Povall from a 50-year-old bush vine vineyard high in the mountains of Clanwilliam. Subtly sublime with floral and honeyed tones.
The FMC 2006: The formidable winemaking team of Ken Forrester and Martin Meinert produced this wine, which comes from the grapes of old bush vines. It is one of South Africa’s benchmark barrel fermented Chenins with rich, silky layers of dried apricot, vanilla and honey with tangy lime acidity. Powerful and opulent.
Nederburg Edelkeur 2009: This is the orginal Cape Noble Late Harvest made by current cellarmaster Razvan Macici,. Opulent dried fruit and honeyed botrytis, tangy apricot sweetness. A gorgeous, unoaked wine.
Mullineux Straw Wine 2008: From 60-year-old bush vines, Chris and Andrea Mullineux made this masterpiece, which elicits savoury tones with apricots, apples & almonds. Racy acidity, super intense, but balanced.