Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2018
Is there a top-end Chenin Blanc with a longer track record of excellence than Hope Marguerite from the Beaumont property in Bot River? First made in the late 1990s, the wine has grown in stature ever since and is now a leading example of what can be done with old vines, grapes from two such blocks, one planted in 1974 and the other in 1978.
The current-release 2018 involved spontaneous fermentation before 10 months of maturation in 400-litre French oak barrels, 15% new.
The nose shows flowers, dried herbs, white peach, citrus and spice on the nose while some smoky reduction also lends interest.
The palate shows great fruit definition, bright acidity and just a little phenolic grip on the finish. Layers of flavour, the overall impression savoury rather than sweet but nothing too severe about it – just beautifully envisioned by winemaker Sebastian Beaumont. Wine Cellar price: R315 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 95/100.