Botanica, Mary Delany Chenin Blanc 750ml 2017

South Africa, Swartland
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The inspiration for the name of the wine and design of the labels was a trip to the Yale Center for British Art. An exhibit of Mary Delany’s work, a remarkable series of botanical collages that are beautifully crafted with hundreds of tiny pieces of cut paper was breathtaking. They are fortunate to have licensed a few of her collages and created these beautiful labels with her art as the primary focal point. Mary was 72 when she created these pieces in the late 1700’s.

Tasting notes:
'The characterful Henk Laing supplies the grapes for this world class Chenin Blanc from Citrusdal Mountain. Focused, pithy, taut and intense, with very subtle oak, pear and Braeburn apple and an incredible, lip-smacking mineral core. 2019-28.' – Tim Atkin SA Special report 2018, 96/100

'With 7 maximum ratings since debut 2009, this now richly deserves SA icon status. Once again sourced from the venerable high-altitude Citrusdal mountain vines, 50% old-oaked for silky smoothness, 2017 abounds with pear, guava, citrus and stonefruit, yet all its concentraded complexity remains pure, focused, supremely elegant.' – Platter's Guide 2019, 95/100

'Crackerjack. Citrus, peach and apple plus just a hint of leesy complexity on the nose. Rich and full but balanced – concentrated fruit, tangy acidity and a gently savoury finish. Layers and layers of flavour.' – Christian Eedes, 95/100

'The 2017 The Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc is 50% matured in 400-liter barrels and the remainder in stainless steel for nine months. It has a pretty, understated bouquet of green apple, pear, white flowers and just a faint hint of patisserie. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and superb tension, and quite minerally in style. The fresh, steely finish has just the right amount of salinity to beckon you back for more. Superb.' – Neal Martin,, 92/100

The grapes for this wine were harvested at optimum ripeness, hand sorted, crushed and destemmed. The juice was immediately pressed and cold settled for 2 days at 10C. Half was fermented in stainless steel tanks and half was fermented in 400 litre French barrels. After fermentation the wine was left on the fine lees in stainless steel tanks/ wood barrels for 9 months Malolactic fermentation: None. Wood aging: 50% in 4th fill barrels 9 months.

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Bottle Size 750ml
Style White
Country South Africa
Rating TA 96
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R350.00
Producer Botanica
Region Swartland
Variety Chenin Blanc
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