CHURCH STELLENBOSCH 2021 | Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc
Expect luxurious ripeness edged with a deliberate freshness. Church Stellenbosch 2022 is a stellar South African vintage for white wines delivered provocative aromas of honeysuckle, baby apricots, and tropical fruit with a creamy note of lemon curd brightened up with fresh thyme.
An integrated acidity adds definition and poise to the palate, guiding abundant favours of cling peaches and melon with a welcoming bite of grapefruit pith for a savoury trail. Empathetically consistent, each vintage asserts its own personality perfect for wine enthusiasts.
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With fruit hailing from Stellenbosch, this wine exemplifies a region that excels with this varietal.
It is always exciting to compare Chenin Blanc's expressions from different terrains. The diversity of the South African Winelands compelled Harry Hartman to show two Chenins from two sought after Chenin territories. This Stellenbosch wine is braced with a deliverate freshness, it will stand this wine in good stead as it ages. An exotic character adds intrigue, yet it remains emphatically consistent with a more ethereal style, still holding back its more robust qualities. Nevertheless, the wine's intensity prevails, teasing the palate with a savoury finish.
The Stellenbosch Chenin is a pale lemon colour, indicative of its youth, with oak playing a supporting role by looking at the colour, following South Africa's trademark for refined Chenin Blancs that hero’s fruit.
The Chenin has a medium-plus intensity with a prominent creamy note reminiscent of lemon curd and meringue. Gently swirling the wine, it shares provocative notes of honeysuckle, baby apricots, and custard apple's sweet tropical smell, adding a hint of vanilla bean.
A subtle reminder of lemon thyme hovers around the top notes with the delicate aroma of crushed hazelnuts. Still, the wine is primary driven, supported by the subtle richness of secondary post-fermentation aromas, with the prospects of more plush aromas developing with age.
A signature of the Harry Hartman wines, it takes no prisoners in asserting itself with typicity, owning all the commanding characters associated with Chenin Blanc. The wine is dry with a perceived sweetness adding a liberal expression of ripe stone fruit. Then, the well-rounded and integrated acidity adds definition and poise, guiding abundant favours of apple, nectarine, cling peaches, and melon over the palate with a welcoming bite of grapefruit pith adding a salty trail.
The wine is medium bodied with a rich texture, adding more volume and weight, allowing it to subtlety and slowly dissipate on the palate.