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Botanica Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal 2010

Botanica Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal 2010

A beautiful Cape chenin showing the finesse and balance that may be achieved from cooler-climate old vine fruit (in this case from a vineyard at around 800 metres near Clanwilliam). Brightness of fresh, aromatic citrus fruit distinguishes this exceptional wine, from new star Virginia Povall. Drink this year and next.

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This is a new estate focusing on pinot noir and old-vine chenin, aiming to use minimally invasive winemaking techniques to produce wines that express their vineyards’ origins. Founded in 2008, it is run by rising star Virginia (‘Ginny’) Povall, a New Yorker who still spends part of the year there, and a self-taught winemaker who began by making small batches at her home in America.

She has already made an impressive impact on the South African wine scene: her very first vintage, 2009, was awarded five stars in the influential Platter's Guide 2011, an achievement that she went on to repeat with the 2011 and 2012 vintages in the 2013 and 2014 editions respectively.

Ginny is based on a flower farm in Devon Valley, just 10 minutes from central Stellenbosch, however the grapes for her first two wines – a chenin blanc and a pinot noir – are currently sourced from further afield.

The chenin comes from much further north in the Western Cape and is classified as a wine of the Citrusdal Mountain region. The grapes are sourced from a Clanwilliam vineyard of around 50 years of age, planted on Table Mountain sandstone at 800 metres above sea level, roughly 25 miles from the sea. It is part vinified in stainless steel and part fermented and aged in large French oak barrels.

The pinot noir comes from two respected growers in the Elgin region, to the south-east of Stellenbosch; however Ginny has been planting her own vines at the Devon Valley farm since 2009 and has been using some of her own pinot noir since the 2013 vintage. Show More...
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Case of 12
Product Code
Product Type
White Wine
South Africa
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Dominant Grape
Chenin Blanc
Oak Influence
Light oak flavour
Drink Dates
Drinking now
Alcohol Level
Closure Type
Cork, Natural

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Decanter 25th Sep 2013

"Must-try white: Made using fruit from old vines, this cooler climate chenin blanc has a delightful lemon meringue pie palate, with good mouthfeel, lovely savoury notes and a bright line of limey acidity. Waxy leaves, citrus and pastry crust are evident on the nose, and there's lemon curd on the finish. - Weekday Wines"

The Guardian 4th May 2013

"Intensely aromatic ... an extraordinary white that marries an attractive leafiness (usually a bad thing, but not here) with some gorgeous peach and citrus fruit. - Fiona Beckett"

The Wine Gang 2nd May 2013

"We were very impressed by this part-barrel-aged example from a new producer to us, where the high-altitude vines (800 metres) seem to have brought an extra level of intensity, freshness and clarity both to the acidity and the tangy ripe stone and apple fruit. "

JancisRobinson.com 4th Apr 2013

"It's fresh and perhaps a bit Loireish. Good dry finish. Very different from the usual dense honeyed model. Will probably wear well "