Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2013 Chenin Blanc - 90pts
Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Production: 3500 cases
Date Tasted: May 3rd, 2014
Tasting Notes: BC Chenin Blanc is in short supply. In fact, only three BC wineries come to mind who produce this punchy, citrus-infused, acidic white variety whose origin can be traced to France's Loire Valley, though, it's probably best known as South Africa's signature white varietal. BC's own production is a mere blip, internationally speaking. Yet, for two producers, Quails' Gate and Road 13, Chenin Blanc has developed a cult following and become a 'must-try' of their portfolios.
Why? Well, Quails' Gate's offering is Summertime trapped in a bottle. It's vibrant, juicy, intense and oh-so mouth-watering, thanks to Chenin Blanc's high level of natural acid, without ever feeling sharp or out-of-balance. A mixture of citrus and tropical fruit aromas carry through to the dry palate where they are complimented by a cool blast of river stone minerality and lemon zest. The finish is long with a touch of lingering spice. Ready to go now. Drink now-2016.
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