Koen Roose is the first to have planted Chenin in Elgin Valley.
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4 stars in the Platter's Wine Guide 2013.
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In Elgin Valley, at the heart of the Western Cape (South Africa), he’s known as “the crazy young Belgian”. Koen Roose has lived and worked there since the end of the 2000s. He owes this name to his determination, not to say his stubbornness, because this winemaker opted right from the start not to follow the beaten track. He even deliberately goes against the flow, and we have discovered some real nuggets as a result. Spioenkop Wines – the name refers to a famous Boer War battle – produces around 30,000 bottles a year.
1900 Chenin Blanc
Koen Roose is the first to have planted Chenin in Elgin Valley. The entire winemaking and maturing process meets the winemaker’s very stringent standards: the grapes are stored for a night at a low temperature before being stemmed, spontaneous fermentation (without the addition of external yeast), 30% of the harvest is matured in casks that have held several wines for 12 months without decanting.
Gold robe of medium intensity.
The typical Chenin aromas (lemon, pineapple, peach) are joined by a specific “je ne sais quoi”: the Platter's Guide experts talk of a “leesy wet wool note”, but we prefer not to comment...
Fine minerality in the mouth, discreetly woody.
Asparagus, Flemish-style or – why not? – duck in orange.
|Cuvée||1900 Chenin Blanc|
|Dominant grape variety||Chenin|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Aging potential||7-8 years|