JUST THE FACTS
Price: R120 (as of Aug 2017)
Winery: Merwida Family Vintners
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Wine Region: Breedekloof
Country: South Africa
Ponce Factor: About as high as an early adopter standing on the shoulders of a portly wine critic.
Occasion: Rain or shine. Chilled on the summer terrace, but it’s big enough to survive being served a little warmer with a winter’s roast chicken.
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This wine is a little like a Liberace stage outfit; a bold affair, silky as all heck, with loads of layers, and chunk of wood nearby.
Vanguard carries sweet tropical fruit with lovely leesy elements to add intrigue.
On the palate, ripe juicy citrus is laid out on a supremely silky mouthfeel.
Then, just as you begin to feel like it’s all over, there’s an encore of delightful toasted oak elements that linger longer than you when you’re creeping on your ex’s insta feed.
Superb value at R120 per bottle.
Breedekloof Valley’s Greatest Hits
If you’ve recently discovered the increasingly lauded chenin blancs of the Breedekloof valley, then you may be interested to know that you can now pair each of their wines with the winemakers song of choice. Whether they chose the song because it reminded them of friday nights at Stellies Varsity (Attie Louw’s Mark Knopfler reference ) or an ode to Ferdi Visser’s undying faith in Deetlef’s Chenin vines (Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”), or – in the case of Heinrich Lategan – a humble bow to the absolutely mystery that is the fermentation process (Queen’s It’s a kind of Magic), the list is a cute little effort at bringing the personality behind the wines to the fore.
While it may not be a complete cellar tour, the playlist is a brief Inception-esque glimpse into the creative process that is breedekloof winemaking.
And if you need some prompting on where to start, here were some winners we tasted today, as well as the complete playlist from the Breedekloof #SongsofChenin event.
About the Author
Jono Le Feuvre is not a bean counter. He is a bean roaster. Bean roasters carry far more street cred & get to speak at bizarre niche gatherings of enquiring-but-unhinged-minds. They also usually have addictive tendencies. When he is not roasting beans he is pulling corks. Or deftly removing screwcap enclosures. But you can read more about him here.