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The Tea Leaf Chenin Blanc
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16¼/20

The Tea Leaf Chenin Blanc 2015

Olifants River, South AfricaThe Tea Leaf Chenin Blanc is from a high altitude area (750m) in the far North Western Cape, Olifants River Region, Citusdal Mountain District and in the ward of Piekenierskloof. It's here that one of RSA's star winemakers, Donovan Rall, is drawing the 70-year-old bush vines, a single plot 'lost' in a fringe region far better known for cultivating Rooibos tea plants. From the stellar 2015 vintage, this was wild fermented and half aged in older wood barrels. Savoury crushed stones and bristling herb salts (rooibos?) on a creamy, lightly oily palate, possibly aided by the addition of 15 percent grenache blanc this vintage. Pear and yellow apple fruits charm, while bright citrus acidity lifts. Well-made and well-priced, this is a wine well-worth adding to your chenin kit.Tasted: 05 June 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 25.00 private wine stores Producer: BoutinotCSPC: 737551