#3: WELGEGUND Heritage Wines Chenin Blanc 2019
The 8th annual International #DrinkChenin Day takes place this Saturday 19th June 2021. Now Chenin may not be one of the noble grape varieties, but in the right hands and treated with care, it delivers wines of astonishing quality. Welgegund’s limited release Heritage Chenin 2019 was barrel fermented from a low-yielding 47-year-old ancient dryland vineyard that proudly bears the Old Vine Project Heritage Certification Seal – a World First!
Winemaker, Friedrich Kühne, says the 2019 is an exemplary vintage, one of the best in many years. A third of the wine was aged in 2nd fill 500L French oak barrels for 14 months. The wine is clear medium lemon in colour. On the nose you’ll find beautiful layers of candied citrus, ripe pear, quince, fresh peach and honeysuckle. The palate is soft and elegant, showcasing star fruit, melon and lime. It finishes in a slaty minerality with a touch of nuttiness. This is a food wine and will pair brilliantly with seafood like crayfish and langoustines, sushi and sweets like citrus tart or nutty nougat. Only 1801 individually-numbered bottles were produced, making it a wonderfully special Father’s Day gift. The price tag? R288 per bottle.