“This was the lowest priced in a blind line-up of South African white wines that went up to £80 a bottle, and it was, without hesitation, the most thrilling wine there.” – Tamlyn Currin rates Axle Chenin Blanc 2020 with a score of 18 / 20
Jancis Robinson MW has just published an article scoring 40 wines from South Africa and we’re rather chuffed top reveal that 12 of them are wines from our range of South African wines exclusive to us in the UK.
Not only did our wines comprise more than 25% of the selection but they also received the highest score in the Sparkling, White, Rosé and Red categories. Only missing out on the Sweet section as the only wine scored was Vin de Constance, certainly nothing to be embarrassed about there!
Whilst we’re incredibly proud that so many wines of our wines received such high praise the star of the show has to be Axle Chenin Blanc which is Natte Valleij winemaker Alex Milner’s side project and Tamlyn Currin’s full note is detailed below and summarises the wine beautifully. As a result of this score we’ve sold almost 300 bottles already so stock is scant, order now if you want to see what the fuss is all about… don’t say we didn’t warn you.
We’ve detailed the full list below and each wine is linked to the product page on our website so just click the text to go straight to it…
Tamlyn Currin’s note for Axle, Chenin Blanc, 2020 which she scored 18/20
Old dry-farmed bush vines on decomposed granite. Basket-pressed into a barrel where it sits undisturbed for nine months. Serve at 12–16 °C (54–61 °F).
Quince nose. Intense, orange-blossom-scented chalk. This is GORGEOUS! A fiercely beautiful fistful of clementine and quince, ripe apricots, dried peaches; fruit laced with cumin and a very subtle note of liquorice. Long, long, long, and achingly orchestral, in the way that it builds in the mouth, layering, folding, spiking textures of vibrations and tempos over and into and through each other. It is, at once, silver, brass, string. It plays arpeggio, da capo, fortepiano, glissando, pizzicato and pianissimo. You can feel the ting of the silver triangle at the nape of your neck, the violins thrumming through your ribs, the trumpets rising in your throat, the flutes pressing purity like tears behind your eyes. An impossibly beautiful wine. Only pour this in your glass when you can stop, be still, be silent. This was the lowest priced in a blind line-up of South African white wines that went up to £80 a bottle, and it was, without hesitation, the most thrilling wine there.