This is the last vineyard of Clairette in Stellenbosch. The 35 year old vines are head-trained at trellis height and grown on sandy, decomposed granite. 50% of the grapes were fermented to dryness on skins for c.10 days, the other 50% were whole bunch pressed and fermented in 500 litre old wood. Freshness and minerality are the key to this wine. The palate is defined and bright and ultimately it is eminently drinkable.
Turns out that the 2015 Clairette Blanche that I tasted in my last report was in fact 2014. A typo—apologies. This is the 2015 (definitely). It has a lovely honeysuckle and jasmine scented bouquet, very subtle and powerful, yet very pure. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, more a textural Clairette Blanche than overt intense flavours, dried honey, a little yeastiness and quite a strong saline note, almost like the rind of a spicy cheese on the finish (and I write that in a positive sense). This is intriguing. 90/100 RP