2016 Sigurd Chenin Blanc

Region:Barossa Valley , SA

Style:Medium Bodied


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Old vine Chenin Blanc aged in Russian oak - wicked version of the variety!
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A different look at Chenin Blanc here from winemaker Dan Graham. This 55-year-old block of Chenin is speckled with a few stray vines of Gewürztraminer, he picked the lot and fermented it all together. The wine was then aged in oak casks, 1/3 of which were brand new Russian oak barrels. To try the wine you'd never pick it. The time in wood adding depth and perhaps a little oak tannin rather than out-and-out flavour. Whatever happened in those barrels has worked out a treat - this is absolutely one of the most interesting versions of Chenin from this part of the country. Mike Bennie certainly echoes this sentiment in his stirring 94 point review where he calls this "quite beautiful in its expression, layered, intense and delicious. This is a coup." Only 140 dozen made.

What it Tastes Like

Little waxy with aromas of fresh honey comb, toffee and bruised apples. Slippery and glossy palate which is framed by perky, crystalline acidity. Soft tannins and a flavours of cumquat and sherbet. Cool look at Chenin, should be more like it.


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Winemaker Dan Graham