Botanica Wines, Chenin Blanc 2017

£27.50 (75cl)

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Red sandy soils (decomposed sandstone) over a layer of clay. Age of vines, Planted in 1957. Trellising is Bush vines. Irrigation, Dry farmed. The grapes for this wine 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 stainless steel tanks and half was spontaneously fermented in 4th fill 400 litre French oak barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the fine lees in tank barrel for 9 months before blending and bottling. No malolactic fermentation.

Tasting note

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

About the producer

Located in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch, American-born Ginny Povall is a self-taught winemaker who is a rising star amongst the South African wine scene. With the aim of using minimally invasive winemaking techniques to produce wines that express their vineyards’ origins, Ginny is currently sourcing her grapes from local respected growers whilst she waits for her own vines to mature. The Chenin Blanc grapes come from 50 year old bush vines on the arid Skurfberg Mountain, 40km from the Atlantic and just shy of 500m altitude. The Pinot Noir is sourced from grapes grown on the Paul Cluver farm in Elgin, accounting for just 300 cases. These exquisitely labelled wines, carrying 18th Century British artist, Mary Delany’s botanical cut-paper collages, are extremely elegant and well deserve their award-winning status.

Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages

Very dense nose. Rich front palate and very welcome after an array of rather austere, embryonic, southern coastal whites. Complete and far from a silly price. QGV /mary delany Points: 17. Date Tasted: 03/09/2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (

A classic Chenin Blanc, the 2017 Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc has a bright lemony nose with notes of tropical fruits and fresh citrus blossoms. It has good balance on the palate and is a good example of what Chenin Blanc should be and express. There is a soft yet spicy pineapple expression across the mid-palate that shows a great textural appeal with a mineral tension. The medium to full-bodied wine ends with a focused and moderately long finish. 6,256 bottles were made. (Anthony Mueller) Points: 90. Issue Date: 31/10/2019

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