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Spioenkop, Sarah Raal Chenin Blanc, Elgin, South Africa, 2020
The 2020 Sarah Raal is a one off, where both the grapes grown on ferricrete (previous Sarah Raal vintages) and on shale (usually Johanna Brandt) are blended into one Chenin Blanc. Koen estimated that for the 2020 vintage, they needed each other to lift one another up – which has been confirmed by the amazing accolades received.
Pale lemon straw colour with a clean nose of unexpected linear purity of fruit, such as white peach, pineapple, apple and pear notes, rounded with a touch of chalkiness. On the palate the layered complexity of mandarine zest, apple, pickling spices, white citrus/jasmine blossoms, grapefruit pith and a fine minerality surprise. The beautifully balanced acidity and the intense core make a wine that is fresh, crisp and elegant with tremendous depth.
Tim Atkin: 95pt
Christian Eedes: 94/100
Alc 14.23% – T/A 7.5 – R/S 3.3 – pH 3.23
The story behind the name: Sarah Raal belonged to a wealthy Boer and farmers family whereby her brothers and father went to combat during the Anglo-Boer War, and her mother and younger siblings to concentration camps. Being left alone, she decided to take up weapons and join the war together with the Boers against the British.
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