3 bottle pack.
We asked our in-house South African guru, Greg Sherwood MW, to put together a couple of very special mixed packs – and he hasn't disappointed. This is his selection of three great SA whites, in a 3-bottle selection pack.
Eben Sadie Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2018
These unirrigated old bush vines were planted between the years 1958 to 1967 in extremely chalky soils in one of the coolest locations in the Swartland. Of all Eben Sadie’s Old Vine Series wines, the Skerpioen white is perhaps the most intriguing, slightly austere in youth, this wine is mineral driven and restrained and often takes a few years to open its shoulders and show it’s hidden depths. Medium-bodied with lively acidity, this is serious wine made from a blend of Chenin Blanc and Palomino (vineyard field blend) that is simply delicious!
Duncan Savage White Blend 2018
From another warm, dry vintage, the vines have gotten seemingly more used to the drought conditions and winemakers have also tweaked their picking dates to focus on freshness and purity of fruit. The 2018 is an impressive blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Semillon and a slightly larger than usual 18% Chenin Blanc. It displays a fresh, cool, crystalline vibrancy, fragrant pithy white citrus and green apple zest. A wine that is lithe and elegant, finely balanced yet intense.
Mullineux Single Terroir Quartz Chenin Blanc 2016 Swartland
The 2016 Quartz Chenin Blanc comes from the Leliefontein vineyard this year, as signified on the label. It has a very different bouquet compared to the Granite Chenin Blanc: much earthier and broody, pressed white flowers, then hazelnut and even a hint of Thai fish oil. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, harmonious and perhaps showing a little more nuance and personality compared to the Granite counterpart. Here, there is fine energy and tension on the finish, with a touch of spice lingering on the finish.