2015 Hart & Hunter Chenin Blanc
After an almost perfect spring, vintage turned out somewhat
challenging in parts this year, but this has resulted in our whites having
a delicacy about them, combined with a tantalising, crispy finish.
Provenance & Winemaking
Another new wine for HART & HUNTER, with the 2015 Chenin Blanc. The fruit for this beautiful wine has come from the block at Cellar Door, where in the 1980’s it was a local icon made by the Sutherlands, and I believe one of a few parcels of Chenin remaining in the Hunter. We did a lot of research into this variety from regions such as Western Australia, South Australia and its original home in the Loire Valley, France. We chose the original style of a dry table wine, hand-picked and crushed, the juice was racked to old barrels and left for wilde ferment. Spending approximately 8 months in oak with regular batonage, we have produced something textural and a really good drink.
The Chenin is made with alot of mouth-feel and textural properties, yet also retaining a crisp, juiciness on the palate. There is a honeydew, lanolin, almost nutty aroma followed by a wilde concentrated palate. Flavours of straw, dried herbs, apple and lanolin allow this wine to finish with a savoury, zesty twang that keeps on giving with a beautiful crisp long finish.
We are drinking the Chenin with Vietnamese pulled pork rice
paper rolls, with spicy dipping sauce.
A beautiful wine to enjoy now, but if you can wait it should reward for 5-7 years.
Bottled: 1st February 2016
Production: 200 dozen